Food shots are everywhere — hipsters, grandmas and foodies can’t stop sharing every appetizer, dessert and cocktail they ingest. Photos fly to Instagram before the first bite is taken. It’s annoying to many, particularly when the flash of a smartphone camera in a restaurant distracts from a meal, but wouldn’t it be less infuriating if you knew the food photographers were posting an image to help a good cause? That’s the aim of FoodShareFilter.

The Instagram picture-filter was created by DDB Spain to raise money for an El Salvadoran charity. The cost of the $0.99 download from the App store and $1.16 on Google Play is donated to an agricultural program in El Salvador run by Manos Unidas. Plus, every time a user takes a photo of their food through the app and applies the hashtag “#FoodShareFilter,” it adds the message “This picture helps millions of people not to suffer hunger” and shares it on Instagram. That way, you raise awareness while posting photos you would normally.

Manos Unidas promotes development in third-world countries. Although FoodShareFilter is in Spanish, an English version is available. We wonder if this doesn’t change the mind of restaurateurs such as David Chang, who recently banned food photography at his New York City joint Momofuku Ko.

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Take a foodstagram and help feed the hungry
FoodShareFilter aims to sell its Instagram filter specially made for food pics and donate the money to an El Salvadorian charity.