SAINT JOHN – A researcher at UNB plans to help change the way food banks manage their resources as well as gain some much-needed insight into some of the province’s most vulnerable communities.

Milad Pirayegar and his team plan to build a platform that will collect food bank data and also enable food banks to better manage their resources. This will, in turn, help them enhance services for the community. The project is being funded with the help of a $25,000 prize from Enterprise Saint John’s Innovation Challenge.

Pirayegar is a PhD. candidate in Interdisciplinary Studies and research assistant at the Urban and Community Studies Institute at the University of New Brunswick. He’s originally from Iran where he served as the director of technology at the Marlik Institute of Innovation and Technology in Iran. It was here where he discovered his passion for using technology to tackle social issues.

“When I came here, I realized that I didn’t know anything about the nature of the economy in Canada,” says Pirayegar. “Then I came to Saint John and realized that there is really a big issue, which is generational poverty. I didn’t expect this issue in a developed country.”

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