It's no big secret that food waste is a massive problem in both the UK and across the pond. With an estimated 43 billion pounds of food waste thrown away by restaurants and catering companies in the US every year, a new app which allows users to buy food that would've otherwise been chucked away could be the answer we've all been searching for.
Food for All is the brainchild of Boston entrepreneur David Rodriguez, and was created as part of his graduation project while completing his MBA. The premise is simple: the app hooks hungry users up with restaurants that have leftovers at the end of the day. Using the app, you can browse through a list of local eateries and choose the one that takes your fancy. After you've made your selection, you can then order food to be collected at the restaurant's nominated pick-up time before it closes, for a delightful 50-80% less than you would've usually paid.
According to BostInno, 30 Boston restaurants have already signed up to pilot the app, which is currently still in its prototype phase. However, with a month to go and over $11,000 (nearly £9,000) of the total $50,000 (about £40,000) Kickstarter goal already raised, prospects for its proposed release in Boston and New York next summer are looking good.
Needless to say, there are issues with Food for All. While the restaurants try their best to provide a general guide of what you can expect, the actual dinner you pick up will be a bit of a mystery – not the most ideal for those amongst us with specialist dietary requirements. As well as this, restaurants will probably only throw stuff out a while after you'd ideally like to eat.
But for a massive discount and such a good cause, the idea is a no-brainer. We'll have to see how it unfurls in the US.