Forty percent of all food in the U.S. goes uneaten. Meanwhile, 40 million Americans struggle to put food on their tables each day. Food waste is an environmental and humanitarian crisis, that much is plainly evident. However, it’s also an economic crisis.
On the business side, food waste is incredibly expensive. Food-based companies (restaurants, grocery stores, caterers, etc.) lose over 57 billion dollars each year due to food waste-related costs. A sizable portion of this food waste comes from restaurants. With American-style, massive serving sizes and sumptuous side dishes, restaurants are among the leading sources of food waste. Luckily, there are several strategies that these establishments can implement to reduce their waste. They can also help to recover the costs associated with getting rid of perfectly good food.
One such strategy is an app called Food for All. The Boston-based startup – and fellow MassChallenge alum – is tackling both sides of this issue. They are enabling restaurants to sell their leftover meals at the end of the night at a reduced price.
This means that an economically disadvantaged consumer – whether a college student, a single parent, or anyone in between – can purchase restaurant-quality meals at a fraction of the regular price. All you have to do is check the app for participating restaurants in your area that have extra food to sell before closing time. Then, you can go buy that food at a substantially discounted rate.
We have all been to restaurants and seen big plates of partially eaten food left sitting on an empty table just waiting to be thrown out. Some of us may have gone so far as to contemplate stealing that picked-at food from the table before it could be tossed! No one likes to see food waste happen, so we need to collectively find a solution.
Using the Food for All app, people can purchase unsold food from restaurants’ kitchens (fresh food, not picked-at leftovers) at half-price. It really is an incredible idea. As a fellow Boston startup and MassChallenge graduate working in the service industry space, we completely support what they’re doing. We encourage all of you to read to download the app for cheap restaurant-quality meals.
To download the Food For All app, click here. Use promo code miran6089 to get your first meal free!
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