Masitano Sichone received the Duke of York Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award for Spareable, an app that allows community foodbanks to send out notifications when essential items are low in numbers, helping them optimise their stock.
His idea won the competition, giving him the backing to develop Spareable.
Mr Sichone has launched Spareable after months of volunteering and working with Newcastle West End Foodbank - one of the busiest in the country.
John McCorry, chief executive of the Newcastle West End Foodbank, said: "We recognised at an early stage there was significant potential in Masitano's concept for foodbanks to use the Spareable App to source much needed fooddonations.
"The Spareable App is a welcome and easy-to-use addition to the way people can make a donation and help support their local foodbank.
"Reducing hunger in today's society is the central aim of our foodbank and the Spareable App Masitano has created is an innovative tool to help us tackle food poverty and enable hungry people to better access sustainable food supplies." Jackie Wade, Start Up business adviser, added: "Masitano is an exceptional, inspirational man who I have been privileged to work with as business adviser.
Spareable app "He is passionate about his cause, solving global issues around food poverty.