It's no secret that we waste an appalling amount of food in this country. And that fact is only made more obscene when considering the number of people that simultaneously go hungry while all of that food is wasted. This twisted irony was not lost on California teen Kiran Sridhar. But rather than shake his head and shrug his shoulders, Sridhar is doing something about it.
When he was only 12 years old, Sridhar created Waste No Food, a platform that connects restaurants, grocery stores, and caterers with local charities that supply food to the hungry. Using his website, food businesses can post their leftovers and the date by which they need to be picked up. Under the The Bill Emerson Good Samaritan Act, food donors are not liable for the quality of food donated. Local charities can peruse the site and ask for certain types of food or stake a claim on the food that has been posted. Then it's up to the donee to pick up the food and make sure that it gets into the hands of those who need it.
To date, Sridhar's efforts have helped to feed an amazing 4,000 people in the Silicon Valley area and he has plans to expand his organization into nearby San Francisco.
Check out his website, Waste No Food, for more info on this awesome organization.