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Researchers from Iowa State University’s Center for Survey Statistics and Methodology developed a platform to make food donation easier and prevent waste

Food waste has become an important issue for restaurants, supermarkets and any institution that serves food. Many initiatives have been put in place to help get extra food to the people who need it, but Sugam Sharma, a computer science expert and systems analyst in Iowa State University’s Center for Survey Statistics and Methodology, and a group of collaborators are looking to take it one step further by developing software to make this process smoother.

In a paper published in Telematics and Informatics, Sharma and his team created the prototype of eFeed-Hungers.com, which will act as a platform where places can signal that they have food to donate to anyone in need. The project is still being developed, so the mechanisms are not in place for people to opt in to donate food, but the goal is to make the process easy, so that participants can make a dent in the hunger crisis and curb food waste at the same time.

“We wanted to make it as simple as possible, so people will not hesitate to donate. There is no scarcity of food. We see this as a way to take some of the food we’re wasting and save it by providing a channel to get the extra food to the needy,” Sharma told Science Daily.

eFeed-Hungers.com

Food waste has become an important issue for restaurants, supermarkets and any institution that serves food. Many initiatives have been put in place to help get extra food to the people who need it, but Sugam Sharma, a computer science expert and systems analyst in Iowa State University’s Center for Survey Statistics and Methodology, and a group of collaborators are looking to take it one step further by developing software to make this process smoother.

In a paper published in Telematics and Informatics, Sharma and his team created the prototype of eFeed-Hungers.com, which will act as a platform where places can signal that they have food to donate to anyone in need. The project is still being developed, so the mechanisms are not in place for people to opt in to donate food, but the goal is to make the process easy, so that participants can make a dent in the hunger crisis and curb food waste at the same time.