Technology to Feed the Hungry
“Imagine a football stadium filled to its brim,That’s how much food goes wasted every single day in America.” Komal Ahmad, CEO of Feeding Forward. This is a shocking statistic, especially when we know that there are people who cannot afford to eat in America and the rest of the world.
I remember someone once told me that there is enough food to feed everyone in this world. It’s not the matter of scarcity of food, it’s the matter of distribution. The same was realised by Komal Ahmed, CEO of Feeding Forward, a non profit organisation. She realised this when she met a homeless man who asked for money for food. Instead, she offered him to buy food and while buying him the food, a thought came in her mind. She thought about how much food is being wasted in the U.S.A. every day and still there are people who are unable to afford the food. The same thought initiated an idea. She set up a program at University of California Berkeley where she was studying through which she was able to get excess food from the school’s dining hall to homeless shelter houses. Soon that program expanded to 140 more colleges.
In order to grow this initiative, A website and a mobile App was launched. On-Demand Food Recovery is the name Komal Ahmed has given the process in which anyone having surplus food can tap the Feeding Forward app and provide the details of the donation along with the pickup address from where it is then picked up by a driver and dropped off at the local Food Bank. Since its launch in 2013 the service has recovered almost 684,000 pounds of food and fed almost 570,000 people.