As many of us are already aware, food waste is a tremendous issue on a global scale. It is incredibly frustrating to acknowledge the amount of food that is wasted on a daily basis considering how many people among us are starving, which is why I’ve always been rather passionate about refraining from wasting food.
This mentality is arguably also influenced by my farm background, and for damn good reason; food, and all of the work that goes into producing it, is not something that should be discarded so easily and effortlessly.
But, there is some great news on the topic of fighting the issue of food waste, and it comes from an article by Andy Corbley via The Good News Network.
“A different kind of food service app is allowing loyal customers to pay cut rates in order to rescue restaurant food before it goes into the waste bin.
“Too Good To Go, (get it, to go?) offers buyers a grab bag of nearly wasted, yet perfectly good food for take away as a method of cutting back on food waste and helping support the restaurant industry.
“… Rather than other apps of a similar sort that allow customers to pick and choose which items they want to save, Too Good To Go offers only bags of whatever food the restaurants have; truer to the spirit of the enterprise, one would think.
“The app was among several winners of Fast Company’s 2021 World Changing Ideas Award, who reports that 40% of food in America is wasted.
“It’s impossible to know how much food really does end up in landfills, but it is possible to know how many meals Too Good To Go has prevented from going there. Originally available only in a few select American cities, they’ve sold 200,000 meals that were merely hours from going into the garbage.
“Over 1,500 restaurants have signed up in cities like D.C., New York, Boston, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Portland, Seattle, and Los Angeles.
“Now present in 15 countries, 150,000 orders are going out the door per day, across a user base of around 37 million people, saving a mind-boggling amount of food waste,” the article states.
Now this is an initiative that should become prevalent on a global spectrum.