Pitt County Farm and Food Council launches food finder app

GREENVILLE (WITN) - The Pitt County Farm and Food Council have launched an app that connects people in the county with food and volunteer opportunities to impact the food system.

It's called the Pitt County Food Finder App. The application includes information on food pantry locations, places to volunteer or donate, farmers markets locations, food and farming classes, community gardens, and more.

According to Catholic Charities, in Pitt County, 82,560 people are food insecure.

Dorris McConnell helped launch the app and says she got the idea when people in the community didn't know where to find food.

There are more than 15 food pantries already listed. One pantry is Catholic Charities, and the program director Liz McDowell is happy to be involved.

"It's been fantastic. I've gotten a couple of people so far that have said, 'hey, I saw you on the app. Um, is this a place someone can come in and get food?' 'Yes, please, come in,'" said McDowell.

Not only does the app show users where the pantries are located, but it also shows when they open, contact information, and whether they can receive groceries or a hot meal. Even if you can't find enough resources at one panty, the app can help you find another pantry that may be able to help.

Jennifer Goss is a mother of seven from Ayden. She says resources like the PC Food Finder will make things easier for families like hers.

"They can go to that place they need instead of hunting around from place to place," Goss said.

Connell says the Farm and Food Council had to raise around $10,000 in funds to make the app, and it took eight months of hard work. She says if anyone wants to make any additions, corrections or updates to the app, they should contact the council.

You can download the app in the App Store or on Google Play. The same resources are also available online at foodforpitt.org.

Catholic Charities' pantry is open on Tuesdays from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. weekly.