Food Pantry Pickup wins Rep. Madeleine Dean’s (PA-04) 2020 Congressional App Challenge

Rep. Madeleine Dean has named Sreekara Dandibhotla from Methacton High School as the winner of the 2020 Congressional App Challenge in (PA-04). 

When asked what inspired the creation of Food Pantry Pickup the student said, “The COVID-19 pandemic has brought immense suffering to a lot of people. Many have lost their jobs and livelihood. Long lines have been reported at food banks across the nation due to this situation. This inspired me to create an application that could help both food seekers and food banks avoid long lines and save time.”

Over 6,500 students registered for the 2020 Congressional App Challenge. These students created and submitted 3,088 functioning apps, marking the end of an extremely successful Congressional App Challenge amid the COVID-19 pandemic. All told, 308 Members of Congress hosted Congressional App Challenges in their districts across 49 states, Puerto Rico, the Mariana Islands, and Washington, DC.

The CAC is an initiative of the U.S. House of Representatives, where Members of Congress host competitions in their districts for middle school and high school students, encouraging them to learn to code and inspiring them to pursue careers in computer science. The Internet Education Foundation provides the CAC with supplemental support. In the six years of the Congressional App Challenge, thousands of functional apps have been created by over 30,000 students, and participant demographics surpass all industry diversity metrics.