City app is set to help food banks nationwide

Dave & Miriam Cates - Redemption Media
Dave & Miriam Cates - Redemption Media

A Sheffield couple have built a thriving company, creating apps for the business world. Now they are using their skills to help families in need.

Dave and Miriam Cates developed an app to help their local food bank. And it has proved so successful that the programme is now being rolled out nationwide.

The couple set up award-winning Redemption Media in 2007. Since then they have created apps for a wide range of clients, from SMEs to multi-nationals.

Their apps have been profiled as ‘hot’ buys by Apple, reached number three in China’s download charts and topped the chart across ten global regions.

But their proudest achievement is developing the app to help their local S6 Food Bank.

Since it was launched just over a year ago, it has resulted in an increase in food donations and also a better matching of what is needed and what is given.

The app also allows organisers to contact supporters when they need volunteers or have good news items to share.

The success of the S6 project inspired Redemption Media to go further.

Miriam says: “We wanted to give other food banks the opportunity to benefit, so we decided to roll out the app to the rest of the UK.”

From this week the food bank app is available – free of charge – from the Apple App Store and Google Play. Once downloaded, users simply select their nearest food bank from a dropdown list.

More than 40 food banks are already signed up to the app and more are being added every week. New features will be added as usage increases.