Delivering Surplus Food From Businesses to Those in Need
--by Rajni, posted Apr 20, 2017
Raj, a Pakistani, came to the U.S. to study computer science.
While in graduate school at the University of Illinois, he noticed the owner of a nearby bagel shop calling charities to see if they wanted to pick up his surplus food.
Raj knew that was a wonderful thing to do, but also knew there had to be a better way:
Knowing that over 30% of all food produced in the U.S. is discarded, Raj started Zero Percent in 2013.
Its purpose is to collect surplus food from restaurants, markets, other sources, and food destined for landfills, and instead deliver it to charities in need.
Using his computer skills, he developed applications matching businesses and charities, and provided efficient pickup and delivery services, seven days a week.
Zero Percent now has 525 food donors, that have provided 160,000 meals to 384 nonprofits, all in the Chicago area.
And this food rescue system has the potential for use in many parts of the world, dispersing billions of pounds of food to feed the hungry.
Editor's Note: To learn more, please see https://www.zeropercent.us/
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