ASHLAND The Neighborhood was gifted a $4,000 technology grant from PNC Bank on Thursday.
Todd Young, director of The Neighborhood, said the funds would be put toward a much-needed barcode system and an upgrade of some of the computers to increase efficiency.
The community development grants that The Neighborhood requires every person that comes in to use services to carry a card with a bar code. This is to track the financial situations of visitors since the grants require that at least 51 percent of the people that The Neighborhood is serving be at or below poverty level.
Young explained that the organizations housed at The Neighborhood have been writing down data from visitors by hand. He added that those coming into the Community Kitchen each have to provide their birthdates before receiving a meal.
“This is going to streamline and make things a little more quick as far as getting people served. It will also be automatic. It will go electronically into the system,” said Young.
Young emphasized the need of the grant referring to one of the computers in use that still has a floppy disk drive. He hopes to purchase around three new computers along with some televisions.
Young also reflected on the numbers the Community Kitchen has seen through the past years and this past month stating that “it’s not getting better.”
“Right now we’ve done probably 1,200 more meals as of last month than we did the whole year last year,” he said.
In 2015 the Community Kitchen served 57,000 meals and in 2014 served 54,000.