The Houston team implemented AI-SERVE, a decision-making platform for the Houston Food Bank to equitably allocate resources for food distribution in the wake of a disaster.
AI-SERVE ((Support for Equitable and Resilient Food Distribution During Extreme Weather Events) addresses the challenges of equitable distribution of food during disasters that disrupt critical infrastructure and strain supply-chain resources. Rapid-onset weather event disasters and slow-onset disasters, such as the COVID-19 pandemic, have squeezed the capacity of food bank disaster partners. Food banks shouldered much of the nutritional needs of families impacted by the pandemic while also continuing to prepare for hurricane season.
The team designed and implemented four modules to increase demand coverage and equitability.