Josh and Ben Walters are proving that a restaurant's trash can be delectable treasure.
The Toronto cousins have devised a high-tech solution to Canada's $31-billion food waste problem. Their creation, Feedback App, connects people with nearby restaurants that are about to throw away unsold food and offers it up at a discount.
Feedback, which already has more than 7,500 customers, has also paired up with organizations like Second Harvest, donating a meal to those in need when orders are placed.
“We thought it would be nice to actually reward them with donating a meal on their behalf once they use the app a certain number of times,” Josh Walters said. “I think we (donated) almost over 700 meals in this first few weeks."
The idea came to Walters after eating late-night pizza on a trip to Italy. The owner of the shop sold him slices at a discount because the store was closing and the food was going to be tossed in the trash anyway.
“It sort of clicked that restaurant owners must face this challenge all the time, where they have leftover food, they’re closing for the night, they don’t want to throw it out — but no one is there to buy it,” said Walters. “As soon as you start to notice (food waste), you can’t stop. It’s everywhere.”