About this Priority Action Area

Brigades across the country started responding to crises through rapid response initiatives for Hurricane Harvey, Maria, and more. This expertise paid off this year as the world faced our largest pandemic in a century, when Brigades were able to quickly pool their knowledge, resources, and know-how.

Read more about efforts Brigades have engaged in responding to COVID-19 on the Rapid Response Discourse post.

What is a Brigade Project Canvas?

One way the National Advisory Council and Network Team are focused on supporting the Priority Action Areas, is to ensure that successful projects in each Priority Action Area are lifted up and are easily accessible to other Brigades, should they wish to redeploy or share in similar projects. Teams for a number of successful projects in this Priority Action Area have created project canvasses to help other teams engage in similar projects.


World Central Kitchen, FEMA, Mapbox and Code for America began working together in late March to mobilize Network volunteers to crowdsource official school data on the availability of free or reduced-priced meals to families around the country. The goal was to easily display pick-up/location information on a national map so that community members could quickly identify areas that need support, and provide a resource for the families of children to ensure they had access to this in real-time during the pandemic.

As a result, the Network volunteers were able to input several dozen official school district links. In turn the effort has helped families with food security across the country, during the COVID-19 national shutdown.

Mapbox Dashboard
Medium Blog: Mapping distributed, crowd-sourced data from a spreadsheet

Get Involved

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