Making a difference with these innovations
Food For Free
Launched just last year, Massachusetts’ local program “Food For Free” has what they call a “prepared food rescue program” which collects and distributes prepared food from institutions and universities. The program specifically deals with the problem of expiring frozen foods, and the company has the capacity to store up to 4,000 frozen meals and an additional 6,000 meals in its cooler for defrosting until a partnering organization, shelter or meal program can receive the food. For now, they collect prepared food from Harvard University (about 2,500 pounds weekly), MIT (40 to 100 pounds weekly) and Whole Foods Market (about 1,000 to 2,000 pounds weekly).
Food waste cafes
Ok, you may have to travel across the pond to make use of this one, and it’s certainly not an idea for everyone, but check out this pay-what-you-can restaurant that recovers all its food from the trash! Dumpster Diving is a trend here in the US too, but this is taking it a step further. The business in Bristol, England, rescues all its food from supermarkets and other businesses. Food is served on donations or 'Pay As You Feel' basis, which makes meals at the cafe accessible to everyone. The team is spreading its message fast with its Real Junk Food #skiptour.
And a new one from the tech world. Spoiler Alert! A recent new App from MIT Sloan graduates Emily Malina and Ricky Ashenfelter, this innovative idea connects retailers, producers, and supplies to nearby non-profits for donation or, in the case of products that are no longer edible, companies that make fertilizer and animal feed. Notifications are sent out as soon as new inventory is listed and all transactions are recorded in the app, which makes it easier for donors to prepare tax deductions.