ultrafacts:Excess food is a serious issue in the US. After…

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Excess food is a serious issue in the US. After paper, food scraps are the nation’s second largest source of waste, according to the US Environmental Protection Agency. Leftovers fill 18 percent of landfills and make up over 30 million tons of what is sent to dumps each year.

“Imagine a football stadium filled to its brim. That’s how much food goes wasted every single day in America.”

Komal Ahmad created a nonprofit service called Feeding Forward. Through a website and mobile app, Feeding Forward matches businesses that have surplus food with nearby homeless shelters. Here’s how it works: when companies or event planners have surplus food, they tap the Feeding Forward app and provide details of their donation. A driver is dispatched to quickly pick up the leftovers and deliver them to food banks. After the Bite Silicon Valley food-tech conference in early June, leftovers gathered at this event fed more than 4,279 people at eight different shelters and food banks.

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