In 2010, over 33 million tons of food was wasted and accounted for 14 percent of all municipal solid waste. Not only is this extremely wasteful but these various organic materials create many problems in landfills. This is obviously a major problem as many people especially in the United States are going hungry. There is definitely a need for some sort change and a group of students have taken this opportunity.

Five students from the Arizona State University believe the solution to this problem is stopping the unwanted food before it makes its way into an Arizona dumpster. In order to accomplish this goal, the students plan to use a tool that they are quite familiar with, social media. They have created an app called FlashFood that will hopefully provide the answer.

zero waste phoenixFlashFood is a food recovery network that attempts to connect Arizona area restaurants, caterers and conventions with community and food centers. The app plans to easily allow local business with extra food to instantly update organizations that could use it. Not only will the app help coordinate a pick up but also alert potential food recipients that a donation is on its way to their area community center.

Currently, the app is still in its beginning stages but is getting a great deal of warranted attention that may expedite the program. If all goes according to plan, the app will be launched focused in the Phoenix, Arizona area by the end of 2013. FlashFood will be the first mobile recovery network and if it does have initial success, it will spread outside of Arizona. 

Hopefully the app does catch on because there are many families in need of proper nutrition throughout the United States. 20 percent of American children go to bed every night in hunger. With over 30 percent of all food being wasted, the need to connect potential wasters and the hungry is imperative. FlashFood may be the missing piece to America’s hunger problem.