subscribe to news
MEDIA, JOBS & RESOURCES for the COMMON GOOD
NEWS  |  Good Business

Foodbank Teams Up With Meal Matchmaker App


Thursday, 6th December 2018 at 8:28 am
Luke Michael, Journalist
Leftover food from cafes and restaurants across Australia will soon be used to feed people in need, thanks to a collaboration between Foodbank and a social enterprise app.   


Thursday, 6th December 2018
at 8:28 am
Luke Michael, Journalist


0 Comments


FREE SOCIAL
SECTOR NEWS

 Print
Foodbank Teams Up With Meal Matchmaker App
Thursday, 6th December 2018 at 8:28 am

Leftover food from cafes and restaurants across Australia will soon be used to feed people in need, thanks to a collaboration between Foodbank and a social enterprise app.   

Foodbank’s partnership with social enterprise Y Waste aims to reduce food waste by targeting the estimated 23 per cent of food purchased by Australian businesses that ends up in the bin.

Y Waste allows people to use their smartphones to find and buy discounted food that hasn’t been sold at the end of each trading day.

The app already has more than 500 registered outlets nationally – including Sumo Salad, Sushi Hub, Roll’d and Muffin Break.

The success of the app led many food merchants to call for food to be offered to vulnerable people in their communities for free.

Foodbank was then approached by Y Waste to help create a way for local charities to give people in need access to free meals through the app.

Y Waste founder Ian Price said the interest from food merchants to develop this idea had been overwhelming.

“90 per cent of the food outlets we’ve spoken to want to donate meals in their communities and the indication is that over half of all the meals being offered through Y Waste will end up with people who can’t afford to buy them,” Price said.

Those in need will be able to sign up to the Y Waste app using a special code with the help of a local Foodbank-registered charity

People can then select their choice of free meals on the app and collect it from the food outlet by showing a voucher on their smartphone.

Foodbank Australia CEO Brianna Casey said Y Waste’s technology was extremely useful for the sector.

“Accessing the short-life prepared food generated by cafes and quick serve restaurants has always been logistically challenging for the food rescue sector,” Casey said.

“Y Waste removes the barriers and enables the meals to go straight into the hands of people who need them.

“Not only is the food fresh and high quality but there is plenty of variety, giving food insecure people choice and dignity in obtaining the help they need to feed themselves and their families.”

Y Waste will progressively roll out the availability of these free meals across Australia in 2019.


Luke Michael  |  Journalist  |  @luke_michael96

Luke Michael is a journalist at Pro Bono News covering the social sector.


Got a story to share?

Got a news tip or article idea for Pro Bono News? Or perhaps you would like to write an article and join a growing community of sector leaders sharing their thoughts and analysis with Pro Bono News readers?

Get in touch at news@probonoaustralia.com.au

Get more stories like this

FREE SOCIAL
SECTOR NEWS

Write a Reply or Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *



YOU MAY ALSO LIKE

Predictions for 2019: Impact Investing

Daniel Madhavan

Tuesday, 5th February 2019 at 8:26 am

Facebook Political Advertising Restrictions: What You Need to Know

Lachlan Dale

Wednesday, 23rd January 2019 at 12:35 pm

Rejected Donation Calls Fundraising Practices into Question

Maggie Coggan

Friday, 18th January 2019 at 4:37 pm

Your Time Starts Now at FIA Conference 2019

Contributor

Thursday, 17th January 2019 at 7:15 am

POPULAR

‘Toxic’ Amnesty Workplace Sparks Criticism of Australian Social Sector Culture

Maggie Coggan

Wednesday, 13th February 2019 at 5:29 pm

Disability Services Fighting to Stay Afloat

Luke Michael

Thursday, 21st February 2019 at 8:32 am

Program Looks to Halve Electricity Costs for Charities

Luke Michael

Tuesday, 12th February 2019 at 4:26 pm

ParentsNext Under Fire for Punitive Approach to Single Mothers

Luke Michael

Monday, 11th February 2019 at 4:09 pm

subscribe to news
pba inverse logo
Subscribe Twitter Facebook

Get the social sector's most essential news coverage. Delivered free to your inbox every Tuesday and Thursday morning.

You have Successfully Subscribed!