World hunger is real. We often hear and see advertisements that take place in countries halfway around the world but did you know hunger is a problem in our own backyard? In the United States, 1 out of every 7 people goes hungry every day, for black and Hispanic kids, those numbers can be as high as 1 in 3. Yikes!
According to Atlanta Black Star, more than 755,000 people including 300,000 children and seniors live in food-insecure households in the city of Atlanta. Families living in these circumstances have to choose between paying for food or paying for utilities.
Jasmine Crowe, a tech entrepreneur, believes that no one should have to struggle to feed their household and that this problem needs to be addressed immediately. Thus, she created the Goodr Food Rescue App, a real-time food-rescue app using shared economy that allows a rescue driver to pick up surplus food from hotels, restaurants, schools, etc and deliver to soup kitchens, shelters, nonprofits, and churches.
Photo: Goodr Food Rescue App
Back in 2013, Jasmine along with her company, Black Celebrity Giving, created an initiative called “Sunday Soul,” where they cooked and served over 30,000 meals to those experiencing hunger within Atlanta along with celebrities such as Future, Kandi Burress, and Raheem Devaughn. The movement was so real that she was able to gather 1,500 volunteers in five U.S. cities, as well as hosted a similar food event in Haiti and the U.K. Today, she is focused on fundraising enough money to open a food hub where rescued food can be delivered at any time of the day and to properly finish the app. The app will start in Atlanta but there are already plans to launch in major cities throughout the country. The next launch is set for North Carolina, where Crowe is an alumna of North Carolina Central University.
Every year in the U.S., 33 million tons of food is wasted and it costs the country approximately $1.3 billion to dispose of it. To learn how you can make a difference, visit GoodrApp.com.