Waste No Food

Waste No Food Tampa Bay

A Collaboration Between:
Tampa Bay Network To End Hunger and Waste No Food

What is Waste No Food Tampa Bay?

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In the Tampa Bay Area, one in seven people is food insecure, and that number is higher among children and the elderly. But we produce enough food in this country to feed every American – we just waste almost half of what we produce. We need to reduce the amount of food that is thrown out and redirect it to those who need it.

Founded with these goals in mind, Waste No Food Tampa Bay is a partnership between Waste No Food, a non-profit organization founded in the San Francisco Bay Area by Kiran Sridhar, and the Tampa Bay Network to End Hunger, a three-county network with the goal of building a hunger-free community with access to nutritious food for all.

How Does Waste No Food Tampa Bay Work?

Waste No Food is a web-based and mobile marketplace allowing excess food to be donated from the food service industry to qualified charities that work with the needy. It consists of a web app and a mobile app that allow farms, restaurants, cafeterias, hotels, and grocery stores to post excess food in real time. Local charities and nonprofit organizations can see what is available near them and claim the food online or on the app, then arrange transportation and food handling with the donor. It requires no advance planning other than downloading and signing up for the app, which is free for all to use.

How Does The App Work?

The app is free to download! Search “waste no food” in the iTunes or Google Play store on your smartphone or tablet, and click “install.” If you are a donor, just enter your business’s name and a password you wouldn’t mind sharing with your colleagues, since more than one person might be posting donations. If you are a charity, you will need your 501(c)(3) number, and we will send our resident dietitian nutritionist out to talk with you about proper food handling procedures when using the app. Either way, be sure to set your notifications to “on” or “urgent” so that you’ll get an alert when a donation is available, or when someone claims your donation.

How Does Waste No Food Tampa Bay Benefit Donors?

Using the Waste No Food app benefits donors with excess food in at least three ways. First, every charity has been thoroughly vetted by the Tampa Bay Network to End Hunger to ensure that it is a 501c(3) nonprofit that truly assists the needy, can safely store and distribute the food it claims, and has drivers who are trained in food handling safety and will be available to pick up the food. Second, the donors are protected against liability by both federal and state law: the federal Bill Emerson Good Samaritan Act protects donors

from being held liable for problems caused by food they donate in good faith to charities, as does Florida law, via the the Jack Davis Florida Restaurant Lend a Helping Hand Act of 2008. Third, the Waste No Food app tracks the food each donor posts in order to facilitate tax deductions. And as a bonus, the donors can have the satisfaction of knowing that instead of throwing out perfectly good food (and paying for that disposal), they are instead providing quality food for hungry people.

How Does Waste No Food Tampa Bay Benefit Donors?

The obvious benefit to the Waste No Food Tampa Bay recipients is that they can claim food, which might otherwise have been thrown out, and distribute it to their clients, who might otherwise have gone hungry. The food, like the app, is free. The charities can use the money they might have otherwise spent on food for case management or other operational necessities.

How Do We Know Waste No Food Tampa Bay Will Work?

Waste No Food Tampa Bay is an expansion of Waste No Food, which has  proven successful in the San Francisco Bay Area and in other locations. They have served over one million meals, consisting entirely of donated excess food. Their partners include Levi’s Stadium, the City of San Jose’s Mayor’s Office, PayPal, and the San
Francisco 49ers.

Their donors include fine restaurants such as Manresa, Plumed Horse, and Dio Deka, as well as local hotels and convention centers. Their recipients include the Salvation Army, Martha’s Kitchen, and InnVision Shelter Network. Their website and mobile app platform is fully scalable and they have offered it to the Tampa Bay Network to End Hunger at no cost and with their full technological support.

How Do I Get More Involved?

Contact the Waste No Food Tampa Bay Team Today!
Whitney Fung Email: whitneyfung (at) health.usf.edu