Food banks–Putting your agencies on the map


View Tyson Foods Hunger Relief Donations in a larger map
Here’s a Google map I created on Friday of the truckload donations Tyson has done in the past year.  Notice all of the icons are clickable for more information. You can zoom in to the street address (with apologies to those recipients whose addresses I didn’t nail precisely–I did this all in one day).    We plan on keeping it updated, so it will be an archive of what we’re doing (just wish it had been around ten years ago). 

Creating it got me thinking:  Food banks could use this free tool to plot all of their agencies, along with their relevant information.  Notice above that Google supplies you with some embeddable code, so you can put it on your blog or website.  You can set it with any number of collaborators (including a wide-open wiki style), so conceivably agencies could enter and edit their own information. 

Getting started is easy, and begins with setting up a Google account. 

Imagine if all of the food banks did this, then the maps were aggregated; if the world could see all 63,000 agencies in one view, then zoom into the ones working in their state, community and neighborhood.   That might be kinda cool.