Getting excess food to those who need it the most
RestShare was created by Nitin, Deeya, Divek and Karan aged 14-17 from Somers High School in New York, USA.
It connects restaurants, volunteers and foodbanks to make the most of leftover food.
How did you come up with the idea for RestShare?
When we did a project to improve recycling in our community, we discovered that restaurants threw away a lot of unserved cooked food. While volunteering at a local soup kitchen, we saw so many people stopping by to get a meal. That’s when we thought, what if we sent the food to the soup kitchens?
How did you go about developing the solution?
Building upon that idea, we reached out to a couple of local restaurants to validate our solution further. Using our experience in mobile app development, we created RestShare as an intuitive app that will encourage restaurant managers, soup kitchen coordinators, and volunteers participate in the initiative.
How does RestShare work?
RestShare is about connecting people to food via the RestShare app. First, restaurants can share a list of foods that they might otherwise throw away. Next, soup kitchens can request food that they might need from the list. Lastly, volunteers can help out by transporting the food.
Why should your product win its category and why should people vote for you in the People’s Choice Award?
Instead of passive awareness campaigns for reducing waste or food donations to the needy, we went a step further to create the RestShare framework to make it easier for multiple entities to collaborate, and, in the process, make a positive improvement in the lives of food-insecure people.
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