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The Boston Globe has a story about a new mobile app called To Good To Go, described as one that "connects consumers with surplus from restaurants, bakeries, cafes and grocery stores at the end of each business day, ensuring that unsold food doesn’t go to waste. The app, which already operates in Boston, just launched in the Providence market."

Co-founder Lucie Basch tells the Globe that "consumers download the app, browse participating locations nearby, reserve and pay for a 'Surprise Bag' to pick up. Then, they’ll head to the store during the pick-up window, based on each location’s choosing and closing time. The contents of each 'Surprise Bag' vary daily and app users can expect to get a range of products at one-third of the retail value - from a bag of fresh fruit and vegetables, three pizza slices or a couple of extra sushi rolls, to a pint of gelato or an assortment of pastries."

Her rationale behind the site:  "[About] 40 percent of edible food is wasted in the US, and as highlighted in the latest IPCC report, food waste contributes to 10 percent of all global greenhouse gas emissions. If food waste were a country, it would be the third largest emitter of greenhouse gases after China and the US. The need to connect the dots between food waste and climate change is crucial, now more than ever."

To Good To Go reportedly has partnered with more than 50 food businesses to this point, with more being recruited actively.

KC's View:

Great idea.  I hope we see these kinds of programs rolling out on a national basis.