‘Too Good To Go’ app helps to eliminate food waste in Philadelphia

KITCHENER (WPVI) – Have you ever wondered what happens to leftover slices in a pizza parlor, or bagels, pastries, or even entire meals that just aren’t sold?

Unfortunately, many restaurants throw it in the trash at the end of the night.

But now there is an app in Philadelphia that prevents food from going to waste.

It is called “Too Good to Go” and has a great advantage for customers.

By preventing food from going to waste, you will save a lot of money on take-away and also help save our small businesses.

This is food that often cannot be donated or served again the next day, but is currently fresh and ready to eat.

This app features surprise bags of some of Philadelphia’s best groceries too good to buy for a fraction of the price.

“Forty percent of food is wasted,” says Judy Ni, owner of Baology in Center City. “You could feed people. It’s crazy.”

With the brand new “Too Good to Go” app, local bars like Baology do just that: feed people. The concept is called win-win-win.

First, you can get good takeaway meals for customers at a third of the price.

“It’s a lower rate because of course it wouldn’t make a difference anyway if we threw it away,” says Ni. “It’s a great way to get food inside people’s bellies for a cheaper price, and the food is absolutely good.”

These are meals that can’t be sold tomorrow but are still fresh and tasty right now, like the bespoke macaroni and cheese bowls at Mac Mart in Center City.

“Suppose we build something wrong, or if someone cancels an order, we have that product and we can’t sell it,” said Marti Lieberman, co-owner of Mac Mart.

But now you can offer it as a “surprise bag”.

The second win is for small businesses that need the help now more than ever.

“This gives us a wonderful opportunity to get paid for our food costs and also to feed some customers who may or may not have tried our food,” says Lieberman.

The third victory is for the planet.

This app prevents good food from going to waste.

“We have saved more than 65 million meals from the garbage,” says Too Good to Go co-founder Lucie Basch. “This is food that ended up in the stomach and not in the garbage.”

In just a few weeks, more than 4,000 meals have been stored and enjoyed here in our city.

“Philly is now definitely on board for the mission,” says Basch. “It was so impressive to see that every meal we put on the platform is saved.”

The inventory of surprise bags only depends on what is left at a given point in time.

Dozens of local restaurants are on board.

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