37 Million tonnes of food waste generated annually. $144 B is wasted on food. An average student contributes to 142 pounds of food waste per year. The environmental impact is huge: Food waste is the single largest component going into municipal landfills, and quickly generates methane. The social impact : 1 in 7 people are food insecure.
What it does
Hungry Holmes is to minimize food wastage from campus wide events and venues. It is a crowdsourced map for students on campuses to tag/find venues that have leftover/free food based on location, cuisine, time and expiration.
How we built it
Technologies used : Firebase, Google Maps API ,
Accomplishments that we're proud of
Not only would this app work to minimize food wastage, it a handy tool for cash strapped students to find food alternatives.
What we learned
The-all-you-can eat style of hospitality in college campus events is problematic. We found that redistributing surplus food would be beneficial to the organizers and the student community. This app is a quirky take on bringing students to collaborate to reduce food excess problems.
What's next for Hungry Holmes
Launch a pilot run in 5 college campuses and measure minimizing wastage outcomes.
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