Food banks are enormous enterprises, serving as the linchpin for hunger relief efforts across the United States.
But they are as complex as the nation’s food system itself, collecting food from sources ranging from local farmers to charitable donations and distributing it to myriad agencies that then share it with people in need.
Their goal is to do this as fairly and efficiently as possible. But, like many complicated systems, this is easier said than done. That’s where engineering comes in.