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New app allows users to buy leftover food from restaurants

New app allows users to buy leftover food from restaurantsAccording to Too Good To Go's website, the app aims to combat food waste by allowing users to buy leftover food from restaurants at a discounted price. Currently operating in the U.K., the app hopes to make use of the perfectly good food eateries commonly throw out at the end of the day.

Like most food pick-up apps, you log in, pick your favorite restaurant, pay for the food, and pick up your order at a designated time.

The only difference is that those pick-up times are usually around a restaurant’s closing time or off-peak hours. That minor inconvenience is offset by the fact that the meals come at a heavily reduced cost for the consumer.

For co-founder James Crummie, the connection between two major food-related issues seemed too obvious to miss. In an interview with Business Green, he said,

“Food waste just seems like one of the dumbest problems we have in this world. The restaurant industry is wasting about 600,000 tons of food each year, and in the U.K. alone there are one million people on emergency food parcels from food banks. Why do we have these two massive social issues that are completely connected, yet there is not much going on to address them?”

According to the app’s website, users can also donate meals to those in need by paying one extra British pound. So far, more than 1,100 meals have been dispersed to those who need them most.
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