The need of food differs in every country,
there are different approached provided by app. Generally, they can be
categorised in apps within developed countries and developing countries.
The free app connects people within the
neighbourhood to local business so that excess food can be shared without going
to waste. The food on offer are food nearing to its
expiry dates in local shops, spare home-grown vegetables, bread from local
bakery or even the groceries in the fridge that you want to give away while on
holiday.OLIO can also be used for the donation of non-food household items too
although it is not the primary objective.
Food Cloud app connects
businesses that have surplus food to charities in the local community. If a store has
perfectly good food that they cannot sell, quickly and easily they are able to upload
a description of the food using an in-store scanner or using a smartphone app.
The connected charity receives notifications of when the food is ready for
A local charity
linked to the store through our platform receives a notification letting them
know food is available for collection. The charity responds accepting the
food and they go and collect it. The partner charities include breakfast clubs to
homeless hostels to family support services. This allows them to relocate their
funding towards their core service and support their underlying mission.
An app officially
released in the UK across several cities, shows users local restaurants that
are willing to sell high-quality dishes for between £2 and £3.80 or even less
than half the price they would normally sell it. iOS and Android platforms are
available, users pay with a credit card and collect food from the restaurant
during a time slot, which is often as a café closes, or after lunch or dinner.
Zero Percent (USA)
A food wastage app was
developed by Rajesh Karmani allowing commercial restaurants to donate the
excess food to small kitchens and to provide to food access points to those in
need. The functionality within the app allows the use to simply click a button.
The app requires a few necessary questions from the app on information such as
where to pick up food and a trained local from food handling would come along
to collect the food. The app also includes tips for users to reduce the amount
of food they waste. There were some positive results from the app with an
estimate of one million meal being saved from food that could have been wasted.
There has been contribution from almost 450 donors.
Cheetah (West Africa)
The researchers at the University of Twente
have developed an app with backing from the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs
to find solutions to the problem: Fruit and veg production is halved is spoiled
before it gets to the market, this is cause by transportation conditions, lack
of refrigeration and other obstacles. The app shows the best route to the
market to avoid heavy traffic and road conditions as well as to avoid
situations where many are set up to take bribes from drivers carrying the food.
The app helps in food getting wasted due to it not reaching the markets on time
causing loss to both the farmers as well.
No Food Waste
There are usually surplus food from parties,
events and get togethers, there are also contributions from large hotels,
restaurants. The places with surplus food are able to inform of the surplus
food available for collection. The app is said to feed 200 people within 7
cities including hubs like Delhi and Chennai. The food is collected and redistributed
to the homeless, orphanages, slums and senior citizen. The app is presented
with a map to indicate the “hunger points” where there is an immediate need of
food and the food can be delivered directly.