Innovative App Helps Minnesota Companies Get Leftover Food to People in Need

Star Tribune

Jun 8, 2019

Innovative App Helps Minnesota Companies Get Leftover Food to People in Need

Innovative App Helps Minnesota Companies Get Leftover Food to People in Need

Article Summary: 

A number of local companies are joining restaurants, hotels, schools, stadiums and caterers to send leftover food to sites that feed people in need. There’s a growing movement to reduce food waste, and this effort is helping others at the same time.

Nonprofit organizations such as Loaves & Fishes and Second Harvest Heartland are finding ways to get this surplus food to people who need it. Both organizations are using the free “Meal Connect” app, developed by Feeding America with the support of General Mills, to coordinate food pickups with corporations and businesses.

 Loaves & Fishes has had a great response from the app. Executive Director Cathy Maes said, “It’s super high quality food... People think there’s way too much food that’s wasted. It’s just a real win for us.”

So far in 2019, Loaves & Fishes has received approximately 76,000 pounds of food through its' Zero Percent food rescue program, which has provided an estimated 38,000 meals to Minnesotans in areas of great need.

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