11alive.com – An Atlanta entrepreneur is putting technology to the test to ensure that surplus food doesn’t go to waste.
Jasmine Crowe has been fighting hunger in Atlanta since 2013, when she first started her “Sunday Soul” series, feeding more than 50,000 people in the homeless community
“People were asking which restaurants donated the food,” Crowe said. “The reality is no one did. I started thinking about all the time I spent going to the grocery stores, cooking, really trying to put these events together to feed these vulnerable populations and wondering why restaurants weren’t donating the food.”
“I started to do research on food waste, and I was blown away when I learned that 72 billion pounds of food was going to waste every year,” Crowe said.
The statistics inspired the young entrepreneur to turn those numbers around.
“I thought, ‘Wow, it would be really great if there was an Uber Eats in reverse that went to pick up food and got it to vulnerable populations,’” she told 11Alive.
She set out to make the idea a reality, developing Goodr, a sustainable food waste management company and app set on combating hunger and reducing food waste.
Businesses, such as Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport and The Gathering Spot, have taken part in the private beta testing phase. With a click of a button, restaurant and business owners can schedule a food pickup and drop off to those in need.
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