A London food bank is expanding its use of face biometrics to facilitate the distribution of food to its customers through local shops.
A trial of the FaceDonate app by Hackney Foodbank in London, England, was launched a year ago, and included nearly 200 users, Reuters reports. Now the app will be made available to all Hackney Foodbank users.
The app is used at participating local grocery stores, where the user can access a wider variety of foodstuffs than the food bank is able to stock. The app prevents the purchase of products like alcohol and tobacco. It also allows fundraising by individuals and businesses, and tracks donation spending.
“For the food bank, this new system also brings real efficiencies and cost savings,” Fitzsimons told Londonist. “By giving out digital credit we can reduce the man-hours and expense of collecting, sorting, storing and distributing food.”
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