Restaurant app is food for thought
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.
Mike Matich from Crooked Spire with 3app developer Ele Stojanoska displaying the app.