Food for thought comes cheap
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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.