Restau­rant app is food for thought

Kalamunda Reporter - - Front Page -

PEO­PLE in need will ben­e­fit from a new app link­ing cafes and restau­rants with lo­cal not-for-profit groups.

Crooked Spire Cof­fee House in Mid­land was the first busi­ness to sign up for the ReFood phone app, de­vel­oped at Edith Cowan Univer­sity.

“No one likes the idea of food be­ing thrown away, so when I heard about the ReFood app and how it could help us link up with lo­cal not-for profits, I was stoked to take part,” Cafe owner Mike Matich said.

“All I have to do is en­ter what type of ex­cess food I have, how much I have and what time it can be col­lected, then wait for it to be picked up.”

The app, tri­alled in the City of Swan, fills a gap to help food out­lets give away even small amounts di­rectly to a not-for-profit.

ECU School of Med­i­cal and Health Sciences PhD can­di­date Ele Sto­janoska cre­ated the app with the help of a $12,798 grant from Waste Au­thor­ity WA.

Not-for-profit Dream­builder­sCare pro­vides emer­gency food re­lief and op­er­ates a low-cost su­per­mar­ket in Mid­land. Man­ager Ur­sula Dixon said the app was a great way to tackle food waste and food in­se­cu­rity.

Pic­ture: David Baylis­mu­ni­ d484259

Mike Matich from Crooked Spire with 3app de­vel­oper Ele Sto­janoska dis­play­ing the app.

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