Produce Organizing Device
PROJECT GOAL: Our project goal is to create an automated system that sorts large quantities of produce that is easy to use, efficient, inexpensive and adaptable to the user’s needs.
One in five New Mexicans as well as one in three New Mexico children suffer from a lack of access to nutritious and healthy food. Food banks provide food to families in need and have experienced a great increase in demand during the COVID-19 pandemic. Our primary user, RoadRunner Food Bank, which serves over thirty-three of New Mexico’s counties, has struggled with a way to effectively process and therefore distribute fresh produce to families in need due to restrictions on volunteer capacity and a lack of modernized technology. We’ve designed the Produce Organizing Device (POD) to automate the produce sorting process. The POD is easy to use, efficient, inexpensive, and adaptable and allows Roadrunner Food Bank and other food banks to process and distribute more nutritious food to families in need.