Nutrition Ranking for Food Banks and Pantries

WellSCAN is an ever-evolving suite of digital tools and products made to help food banks and food pantries better identify, rank, and log the nutritional quality of their inventory.

WellSCAN's ranking technology can be accessed via the WellSCAN App or via API.

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What is WellSCAN?

The WellSCAN suite of technology is housed, licensed and serviced by the University of Connecticut Digital Experience Group, and includes the WellSCAN Global nutrition database, WellScan Connect API, and the WellSCAN app.

Based on the latest nutrition guidance from Healthy Eating Research, and research from the UConn Rudd Center on Food Policy & Obesity, WellSCAN is a suite of digital tools aimed at helping food banks and pantries better identify and report on the nutritional quality of their inventory.

This project has been made possible by support from Partnership for a Healthier America, Feeding America, The Claneil Foundation and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

To learn about options for implementing WellSCAN at your organization, feel free to contact us.


The WellSCAN App

The WellSCAN App uses camera-based on-device barcode scanning to:


a food or beverage using its unique bar code and access the information from its nutrition facts panel.


the food using a pre-defined ranking algorithm.


the product and its nutritional ranking for review, or prep it for import into a food bank’s enterprise resource planning (ERP) system.

To-date, with generous continued support from Partnership for A Healthier America, the WellSCAN App is being piloted at food banks and pantries throughout the US.

For more tools to support nutrition ranking in food banks and pantries, check out Supporting Wellness at Pantries (SWAP) resources from the Foodshare Institute for Hunger Research & Solutions.

WellSCAN is not a one-size-fits-all solution, but it is flexible and based entirely on input from the user community. For more information, contact us.


The WellSCAN Connect API

WellSCAN offers a freely accessible API through which users can access food quality ranking information programmatically via a UPC/barcode lookup. We can help you implement access within your inventory or ERP system.

For information about using the WellSCAN Connect API, or for details about where and how it has already been implemented, please contact us.

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