An app called LeftoverSwap will give you access to a whole world of strangers’ unwanted food, if you’re into that sort of thing. All you’ve got to do is download the app, check out a map of your city showing the locations of leftovers in your area (with handy pictures!), choose what you want, and arrange to pick it up or have it dropped off.
Presto, you’ve got (someone else’s) dinner! The app also allows you to upload photos and the location of your own leftovers, so instead of letting food go to waste, you can give it to someone who wants it.
LeftoverSwappers don’t feel the need to eat an enormous restaurant portion, and instead pass it on to a hungrier neighbor, in turn learning their name and avoiding excess calories. Through increasing the efficiency of each plot of land dedicated to food production, we can reduce our intensive use of natural resources, and reduce our expansion into sensitive environmental areas.
That’s as long as you’re interested in consuming a stranger’s leftover shepherd’s pie, of course. While LeftoverSwap may be based on an interesting concept and have wonderful intentions, is the average person really going to be comfortable eating the food some stranger didn’t want? As much as I want to save the planet and create as little unnecessary waste as possible, I’m not so sure I’d be comfortable noshing on some rando’s surplus refried beans. Would you?