Donate Food ?

It’s Good for Business & It’s Good for the Community.

For my Sustainability class, I’ve spent the last 3 months researching the food waste that is occuring in America so I can design a solution that can reduce this issue.

I discovered that we are wasting a 1/3 of the food we produce, meaning we waste $165 billion worth of food a year. Though this number is formed by various players (ex: conumers or farmers) of the food system 60% of this number is produced by businesses like restaurants and grocery stores. On the other side, as we waste all this food there are 50 million Americans who are food insecure.

Food insecure means that an individual lacks reliable access to a sufficient quantity of affordable and nutritious food.

Rather than just throwing food out, grocery stores and restaurants have an opportunity to take most or all of the food they throw away and donate it to programs that feed the food insecure. However, there are some misconceptions around donating food that can cause businesses to lose interest in doing so.

Some of these misconceptions are:

Liability concerns — Businesses have concerns that if they donate food and it causes harm to the people consuming it that they will face concesequences… This however, is not true and there are laws like the Good Samaritan Food Donation Act that protect businesses that are donating food within good faith.

Waste of money and time — There is this idea that it will waste businesses’ money and time because they will have to put the man power into organizing their donations and figuring out how to get it to programs to donate or even finding these programs. Again this is also a misconception… Businesses receive tax benefits for donating food and they also save money on waste disposal meaning they are gaining more money than wasting.

And the part about having to use workers to prep and donate food there is a non-profit that will work with businesses to make donating much more seemless. Food Runners is that non-profit.

Food Runners is a non-profit located in the San Francisco, CA that will pick up food from donors and take it to programs that need donations. The current companies donating with them are caterers.

My design is to expand their donor market to grocery stores and resturaunts so they can further help reduce food waste and feed the food insecure community.

Food Runners 30 Day Trial

The Food Runners 30 Day Trial will allow businesses to test run Food Runners. This 30 day trial will show businesses how much they save, create a donation schedule that aligns with their disposal days or immediate pick up needs, and connect to their inventory system to easily select items that will be donated.

The Food Runners 30 Day Trial is meant to encourage businesses to give their program a try without feeling like they are committing to a system that they aren’t entirely sure about.

Screen Flow of Food Runners 30 Day Trial:

Donation Information Screen: provides businesses information on how Food Runners works, reasons to donate with Food Runners, and sign up for the Food Runners 30 Day Trial.
Scheduling Screen: it can connect to businesses’ calendars and allow them to set times and days for routine donation pick ups.
Donation Screen: connects with any inventory system so businesses can easily select which items to donate based on their shelf life span and see how much of an item there is. They can also select size of vehicle needed for pick up and select preset schedule time for pick up or make a new time if pick up needs to be immediate.
Savings Screen: this screen calculates how much the business is saving using Food Runners and how much the projected savings will be at the end of the 30 day trial.

Leave a comment and let me know what you think of the idea!

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