Next time your poor and/or cheap friend is scrounging food around your neighborhood or better yet, ‘dumpster-diving’ for whatever scraps they can find, now you can say “wait, there’s an app for that.”
Seriously, there is. It’s called LeftoverSwap and it works as a median between people in your area that are too full to finish the meal they’re currently working on and those who are in need of something to eat, like your buddy. It sounds a bit odd and it is — some say it’s a blessing, some say it’s repulsive.
LeftoverSwap works quite simply, like other geotagging-based applications. When eaters reach that point in their meal where they just can’t go any further, they can snap a quick photo of the leftover portion, name it and upload it to the map view. Hungry people can spot the leftovers available in their immediate vicinity by checking up on the flags scattered across the map. It’s truly a fresh spin on the word “Share” concerning social media.
“LeftoverSwappers don’t feel the need to eat an enormous restaurant portion, and instead pass it on to a hungrier neighbor, in turn learning their name and avoiding excess calories,” quotes the website. Apparently 40-percent of food that is produced goes to waste in America. That’s alarming and I consider it shameful. So in addition to helping decrease that ridiculous amount of good food that gets scrapped everyday, you’re creating social change and bridging gaps with fellow neighbors, as 25-percent of Americans don’t know their neighbors’ names.
Ecological benefits are involved here too. On the company’s website, they estimate that if their app was to be used regularly and by a greater majority of users, than fossil fuel usage with diminish dramatically and Northern Spotted Owls would be on the rise.
Would you guys use LeftoverSwap?