Food Bank Operates More Efficiently Thanks to WSU Students
The CCS Food Bank is the largest in Northern Utah, yet until the project’s implementation in March, the staff recorded all its inventory data on paper. At each month’s end, the information was compiled and distilled into numerous reports required to comply with laws and regulations governing a food bank.
The eight students began meeting with CCS during the fall semester. They had to understand the process thoroughly in order to design a system to account for the date, amount and donor of every food item, and then monitor the storage and distribution of the food.
The two-semester course is the senior project for computer engineering, and the students spent a combined 835 hours researching, writing, installing and testing the system.
In addition to building a database, the students installed a wireless network in the building and donated a tablet, so barcodes could be scanned and transmitted from anywhere with ease.
“I see more retention of academic content because students’ experiences and outcomes have real-world value and impact their local community, long after students graduate,” Fry said. “As a result, many students see themselves as more prepared for the job market than those who do not actively participate outside the classroom.”
In addition to programming experience, teamwork and leadership, senior Andrew Heim said he learned another valuable lesson — volunteerism can take many forms.
Team members included:
- Anthony Dietrich, senior software engineering801-499-1655 • firstname.lastname@example.org
Andrew Heim, senior computer science385-234-7958 • email@example.com
Richard Fry, associate professor computer science801-626-6919 • firstname.lastname@example.org
Karina Martin, CCS volunteer and community outreach coordinator801-621-8468 • email@example.com
- Allison Barlow Hess, director of Public Relations
801-626-7948 • firstname.lastname@example.org