Americans throw away about $165 billion worth of food each year, and 1 in 7 people in the U.S. still struggle with getting enough to eat each day. Goodr, a food-waste management company, is helping restaurants direct surplus food to nonprofits through the use of NextGen supply chain technology.
Jasmine Crowe, a former independent philanthropy consultant who struggled with food insecurity herself, was hosting dinners for the homeless in downtown Atlanta when she got the idea for Goodr to direct extra food from businesses to nonprofits.“Hunger is not a scarcity issue. There’s more than enough food. It’s actually a logistics issue,” says Crowe. Restaurants often have spare food, but don’t know how or where to donate it, so it’s wasted.
Restaurants use the Goodr app to signal that they have leftovers, and Goodr gets the food to where it can be used. Each step is logged through blockchain, so transactions are secure and transparent. The app also tracks the environmental impact and financial bonus for each donation.
Crowe hopes donors and recipients will be more eager to use her service by making the process accountable and transparent. The Goodr app’s innovative use of logistics is only scraping the surface of the possibilities of NextGen supply chain technologies – showing how they can be used not only to maximize profits for businesses but to enact positive change in the world.
Crowe is also looking at alternative uses like biodiesel fuel and composting for non-edible foods With these options, she aims to give clients more opportunity for social good by helping the hungry and the environment by reducing landfill waste, while also helping their bottom lines.
Currently based in Atlanta, GA, Crowe said she is hoping to expand the company to Seattle, Chicago, Los Angeles, Washington D.C., Miami, Dallas, Houston, and San Francisco by the end of 2019.
To learn more about Goodr, visit https://goodr.co/