Foodie Fridge was created after we began to notice the amount of waste that came from our home cooking, most of it accidental. Maybe it would be the lost bag of vegetables on the bottom of your refrigerator, or some leftover pasta you forgot about. No matter where it came from, we felt that it would be the least we can do to try and be more mindful of the food that we have, and not let it go to waste.
The United States Department of Agriculture estimates that about 30-40% of the food supply goes to waste, a number much too high when considering the fact that poverty, homelessness, and starvation still exists in the world. Whether you are a home chef or a professional, we hope that our service can be accessible to anyone, and help reduce waste without the overhead of expensive equipment or inventory management systems.
What it does
Foodie Fridge provides users with the ability to easily keep track of food they have and how close they would be to expiring. Using what someone has available to them, we then are able to recommend certain recipes, and utilize everything in your kitchen before it goes to waste.
How we built it
We used the MERN stack (MongoDB, Express, React, Node.js) to create this application, some of which we had to learn along the way.
Challenges we ran into
We ran into the typical problems that arises from the time crunch of a hackathon, such as learning the frameworks and libraries, and the bugs that follow. However, we were all happy to make it through and create a functional product.
Accomplishments that we're proud of
We were proud to create a full stack application with a connected frontend and backend that can interact with one another. It was our first full stack application, so there was a lot we learned along the way, and hope to continue to use what we learned in future projects.
What we learned
We learned a lot about MERN stack in general, and how the tools can interact to create a web application. We also felt that we improved our general programming and architecture skills as well through collaboration.
What's next for Foodie Fridge
We would like to implement hardware (mainly cameras) to implement image recognition, similar to Samsung and LG smart fridges, but at a fraction of the price. By using a user's phone / camera, we would provide users a high quality product to continue reducing waste.