One in six Americans do not know where their next meal will come from, while over 40% of food in the United States is wasted. This amounts to a daily loss of over 263 million pounds of consumable food, equivalent to $165 billion dollars.
Food waste not only hurts our planet, but our wallets as well. Worst of all, this discarded food could be used to help feed the 50 million Americans who go hungry every single day.
WHY WE CARE:
- The problem is NOT a lack of food, rather an inequitable distribution of it.
- The current method of coordinating food donations is ineffective.
- Every day, there is enough food thrown away to feed the entire continent of Africa...twice.
- That’s RIDICULOUS. We can fix it.
Feeding Forward began at UC Berkeley as a food recovery organization, redistributing surplus consumable food from campus dining halls to nearby homeless shelters and soup kitchens. This college-based food recovery movement quickly spread, leading to the launch of the national Food Recovery Network spanning over 62 college campuses in 35 states.
WHAT WE’VE LEARNED:
- Food is wasted EVERYWHERE and ALL THE TIME -- not just on campus dining halls and not just at pre-scheduled pickup times.
- Perishable food has to be donated and transported quickly and safely -- so it is imperative to always have an “on-demand” driver to pick-up and deliver the donation AND a nearby place to take it to.
- Donating food must be effortless -- busy people want to do good things, and they want to do them with ease and speed.
- The donation of surplus food at random times is difficult (not to mention extremely frustrating) to coordinate with recipient agencies through phone calls and emails.
- It’s hard to locate and contact the agencies who need it most, when they need it most.
OUR NEWEST & FASTEST SOLUTION YET
Feeding Forward uses technology to connect those with excess food to feed those in need, instantly.
HOW IT WORKS
- The donor (i.e. restaurants, caterers, businesses, grocers etc.) posts a donation of excess food through Feeding Forward’s mobile app or website.
- Our unique algorithm matches the donation to a nearby recipient agency (i.e. homeless shelter, soup kitchen, etc.) in need of food at that given time.
- A volunteer is sent to pick up the food and upon delivery confirms that everything went smoothly.
Please continue spreading word about our campaign! By working together, we will achieve our goal in eradicating hunger and food waste once and for all. Thank you!
With love and gratitude,
The Feeding Forward Team
Watch the Founder's Story!
Where I grew up in Las Vegas, homelessness was literally illegal. I was never exposed to such blatant poverty, as I was when I first came to Berkeley. The stark contrast between the prestige of the top public institution in the world and the rampant homelessness and poverty that was embedded in the city and the campus itself disturbed me. While at the same time, I was astonished as to how much food was being wasted at the dining halls. Right across the street from my university’s most popular dining hall was People’s Park, a public park that acts as a daytime sanctuary for Berkeley’s large homeless population. As someone training to be a navy officer and medical doctor, the problem hit home for me when I realized many of the inhabitants of this park were former veterans.
After witnessing this paradox firsthand, I approached my dining hall manager to discuss a possible food recovery initiative. I then spearheaded a team of students to rally behind this cause and established the nation’s first student-powered food recovery program, that soon became the catalyst for a nationwide food recovery network. Despite our amazing success, the challenges of being a student, a social entrepreneur, and first-time founder prompted the necessity to find a more efficient solution to our food recovery process. I couldn’t think of a better way than to use my phone instantly connect those with excess food to feed those in need. It was here that Feeding Forward started. And with your support, let's power this process forward.
Best Wishes & Peace, Love, and Food for All!