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Worthington Resource Pantry App Success!

ECOS members Sam Farren, Mary Scherer, and Shantanu Bhardwaj (L-R) visit WRP to present the completed project.



Another successful project came to a close this December for Engineers for Community Service. The Worthington Resource Pantry App (Choice Pantry App) team consisted of Shantanu Bhardwaj and Sam Farren, both seniors in Computer Science Engineering at The Ohio State University. The team worked through fall semester to create a user-friendly web app to quickly calculate the optimal food choices to offer to visitors at the pantry, based on family size, ages, and dietary restrictions. Dietitians at Worthington Resource Pantry worked to create these customized nutritional need calculations and asked ECOS to translate those specifications into a working app. The finished product was presented to leadership at the pantry the second week of December – an early Christmas present. Pantry director Jennifer Fralic expressed gratitude for the app-creation by the ECOS team.


“We are so pleased with the results of the Choice Pantry App project! The volunteers took the time to understand our needs and develop a solution that will be easy to use. The app will allow us to provide customized nutritional choices for every family that receives food at our pantry. Thank you for partnering with us.”


Worthington Resource Pantry has been a frequent community partner with ECOS, including previous projects and food drives, such as the ECOS/IEEE Veteran’s Day Social which collected over 40 pounds of food for the pantry. ECOS constantly seeks out community partners to develop the real-world skills of our engineering students and to better serve the local and international community. A big thank you to Shantanu and Sam for their dedication to community service!