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Morgan State wins the Ford HBC-You Mobility Challenge

Posted at 7:21 AM, Sep 30, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-30 07:21:08-04

BALTIMORE, md. — Congratulations are in order for Morgan State students. The university took home first place in the Ford HBC-You Mobility Challenge for historically black colleges and universities.

Morgan State University will receive $25,000 in grants for their innovative freshly program.

The project hopes to help more than half of the university's student population that is experiencing food insecurity during the pandemic. It focuses on better access to mass transit and healthy food options. At the heart of the program is a student-built software app that allows user to navigate between meal planning, prep courses and shuttle services to grocery stores and farmer's markets.
"The students in our engineering and computer science departments said we got this and so it all came together. They're working on the app now. It's not completed yet. We're excited about the process," Kevin Banks, Vice President of Student Affairs at Morgan State University said.

"The fact that Morgan State came in with this proposal that is directly influencing and impacting food security in a really positive way making resources, so the students can get to the food that they need. It was really timely. I'm really excited to be able to support that because it is an emerging issue that is getting even worse with the COVID situation," Pamela Alexander, Director of Community Development of the Ford Motor Company Fund said.

The new app and shuttles are expected to be up and running when students return to campus this spring.

Congratulations again to the students at Morgan State University. Keep up the great work!