Tech startup brings restos’ leftover food to the needy
An Atlanta-based startup is deviating from the restaurant industry’s norm of dumping leftovers straight to the trash. This, by taking in those that are still fit for human consumption and donating them to charity, instead.
The concept behind this is a one-year-old food waste management company named Goodr. Its founder, Jasmine Crowe, told online magazine Fast Company that hunger occurs only due to the lack of logistics which could channel unwanted food from businesses to those who need them.
Through the Goodr app, a business can request that their surplus food be picked up. The startup picks up the food and logs the transaction in its blockchain system through which the donors can see where their food went.
The offer of a new channel for donation even allows companies to have a deduction in taxes and waste disposal fees. Crowe estimates that a company saves $14 for every dollar spent on her company’s services — in turn, driving Goodr’s revenues to $30,000 monthly.
So far, Goodr has delivered around 900,000 pounds of food across Atlanta and plans to expand to another city soon.