Smartphone App Diverts Truckloads of Edible Food from Landfill Fate
Americans throw out roughly $165 billion worth of food each year, including 52 percent of all fruits and vegetables. Shipments of food rejected by wholesale produce buyers accounts for literal truckloads of food sent to the landfill.
To save this otherwise edible food from its fate as landfill fodder, a new mobile technology company called Food Cowboy has emerged to divert these rejected food shipments toward those in need. The company has created a smartphone app that connects truckers and other food donors like cafeterias and restaurants with charities who are able to accept the large loads of rejected but perfectly edible food.