CYFD and Xynergy Web Design Upgrade the NM Summer Food Site for Easier Access
In an effort to make it easier for kids ages 1 through 18 (and their families) to find the meal site nearest them while they’re out of school over the summer, Xynergy Web Design of Santa Fe and Albuquerque and the New Mexico Children, Youth, and Families Department (CYFD) collaborated on an upgraded site that now provides easier access for mobile users, a much more dynamic method for uploading data, and a geosourcing feature that matches kids to meal sites.
The site, which is part of the Summer Food Service Program, now brings in data from two different places—CYFD and the Public Education Department. “We’re taking data from those two departments and combining it to put data on the Meal Sites map, so that children and their families have a much easier time finding their meal site,” says Xynergy’s Justin Alei, who oversaw much of the programming of the site, which involved a team of Xynergy designers, developers, and software engineers. “"We merge all that data and use that to dynamically populate the custom map.”
What’s also new about the current site is that it uses geolocation to aid kids and their families in finding the meal site that’s nearest them. No matter where they are. If, say, you’re a family from Ruidoso but you’re in Albuquerque for a weeklong camp and don’t know the area, “If you click on the Near You content button on the site,” adds Alei, “our site will pull your location and zoom in on the map to find your location and tell you where the nearest food site is.”
The site is clean, clear, and easy to navigate. And with features like geolocation, even more efficient. Which means more New Mexico children should be eating more health meals. No matter where they are.