ONE IN SEVEN people go hungry every day in the United States of America.
And according to Jasmine Crowe, founder of emergency food app Goodr, that number can get as low as one in three for black children.
Goodr is a real-time food rescue app that works like Uber, where schools, event planners, restaurants, chefs or hotels can order a rescue driver to pick up surplus food.
The app then directs that food to homeless shelters, food pantries, soup kitchens, senior centres and more.
Jasmine, a North Carolina University graduate, says she created the app after years of feeding the homeless and getting little support from restaurants who waste 40 per cent of their food.
“Too often people are making a tough decision between paying for food and paying their rent and other bills. This is unacceptable, no one should have to decide if food is a necessity in their household,” she said.
“It cost us $1.3 billion to dispose of all the waste, that ridiculous we can solve this problem.”
Goodr currently operates out of Atlanta, but Jasmine plans to launch in other major cities in the coming years. Plans are already underway to launch in North Carolina, where Jasmine studied at university.
Jasmine and her team say they are committed to reducing food waste by 15 per cent to feed 25 million people who suffer with hunger in the US.
“I believe we can be the next big thing in social impact. We’re helping in three key ways – rescuing food and getting it to organizations that serve the hungry, we hire and pay our drivers so that’s boosting the economy and we’re reducing overall waste in the environment.”
WORDS: Dionne Grant