In a country where 95 billion pounds of food are wasted annually, 48.8 million Americans live in homes that are food-insecure. The numbers are astounding - eliminating hunger domestically is truly a matter of access. Food redistribution projects have sprouted up around the country, the idea being that orginzations access food from farmers markets, restaurants, supermarkets, and corner stores, and tranport it to soup kitchens and community centers. Orchestrating this process is immensely complex, but creating an effective way to do so on a large scale could mean providing food to millions.
A group of student food justice advocates from Arizona State have done just that. They created a social network to connect those disposing of food, with those in need of it. It is called FlashFood, and it uses text notifications to alert organizations and individuals of food surplus. FlashFlood brings us one step closer to the goal of eradicating domestic hunger, because nobody should go hungry when there is more than enough food to go around.
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