The app delivers free food packages to insecure students
Why specifically support students?
During the pandemic, we were at the forefront of the social and economic consequences of the crisis. Many young people lost their jobs, found themselves imprisoned several hundred kilometers from their parents, sometimes very alone. It was quite a dramatic scene. A double remark then jumped out at us: a big one student insecurity on the one hand and on the other hand food waste consequently on the other hand. That’s when we got the idea to create a platform Deliver help.
How does the platform work in practice?
We are in contact with a network of partners: restaurateurs, retailers, industrial groups… from whom we collect unsold items every night. We then centralize these products in the twenty warehouses we have across France (Paris, Montreuil, Valenciennes, Le Havre, Lyon, Grenoble, Montpellier and Toulouse, editor’s note).
We know that a digital divide has been created with the most insecure students, so we developed a partnership with Boulanger and the Carrefour Foundation to also distribute computer equipment to users, including USB keys, keyboards, mice, headphones, chargers, etc.
Then we divide the tasks between the different teams of the association. They will take care of the return of unsold items from our partners. Others will take care of assembling the kit. Finally, volunteer deliverers are responsible for delivering baskets directly to users registered on the platform.
What do we find in solidarity packages?
It is very diverse. In the beginning, we started with just food. We had various unsold items such as ready meals, starches, non-perishables, etc. Then we were able to expand our spectrum to include a “hygiene” component, thanks to various partnerships with Carrefour and other brands that sent us hygiene products. The research we conducted with our users also allowed us to understand that hygiene products helped students the most, as it is one of the most important items of expenditure.
In addition, we also strive to provide products digital. We know that a digital divide has been created with the most insecure students, so we have developed a partnership with Boulanger and the Carrefour Foundation to distribute computer equipment to users, including USB keys, keyboards, mice, headphones, chargers, etc. This material is not directly included in the kits, but can be requested through parallel registration.
Finally, we also develop components apparel -thanks especially to the partnership with Emmaüs- i cultural books, since we are in the process of establishing a solidarity library.
How can students register on the platform?
On the website or in the app, they have to fill out a form that includes various questions about their personal situation. Once the file is complete, we process it and check the accompanying documents. If the request is accepted, it will be delivered directly to the student’s home address, on the date and time agreed with the delivery person.
Each user can be delivered multiple times. To put it simply, he can get a new kit only after the people who registered before him get it.