Food for thought comes cheap

Sunday Herald Sun - - News - KATHRYN LEWIS

KIRSTY JOHN­SON MUM TO RY­LAN, AGED 7 STEPHANIE MOYO MUM TO SEMIRA, AGED 6 JODI HIS­LOP, MUM TO EL­LIOTT, AGED 6 JESS RITCHIE MUM TO SADIE, AGED 6 PRUE HAG­GERTY MUM TO EMMA, AGED 6 ROSA MONTALTO MUM TO DANIEL, AGED 7

CANNY shop­pers are get­ting dis­counts of up to 80 per cent off takeaway food thanks to an app that also pre­vents waste.

The app — called Bring Me Home — lets peo­ple find food that would nor­mally be thrown out at the end of the day.

Founder and chief ex­ec­u­tive Jane Kou said sim­i­lar ser­vices were pop­u­lar in Europe. One op­er­at­ing across eight coun­tries had pro­vided two mil­lion meals at big dis­counts.

Pi­lot tests across Mel­bourne and Monash uni­ver­si­ties have al­ready saved more than 50 meals from the bin, with a full roll­out of the ser­vice due in July.

About 180 Vic­to­rian restau­rants have ex­pressed in­ter­est in the ser­vice, and Viet­namese street food chain Roll’d is al­ready on board.

“We know we are in a very com­pet­i­tive space — we are re­ally for peo­ple on a tight bud­get and any­one who wants to help the en­vi­ron­ment,” Ms Kou said.

“We want to make Mel­bourne a suc­cess story, bring it to Syd­ney, then go all around Aus­tralia.”

Food waste costs the Aus­tralian econ­omy $20 bil­lion a year, and restau­rants throw away more than two mil­lion tonnes of food each year.

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