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Software Aims to Reduce Food Waste by Helping Those in Need


Flags mark the location and type of food available.

Researcher at Iowa State University have developed software to divert excess food to those in need.

Credit: Iowa State University News Service

Iowa State University researchers have developed software to divert excess food to those in need.

Restaurants, grocery stores, and individuals can use the software to post online about food they have that the wish to donate, allowing people in need to identify nearby locations where food is available for pickup.

The researchers, led by Sugam Sharma, a computer science expert and systems analyst in the university's Center for Survey Statistics and Methodology, designed the software so donors can take the food to a public place, such as a food pantry or a church serving free meals, for pickup and distribution.

The researchers plan to launch an online interactive network featuring the software for one community in late summer or early fall.

From Iowa State University News Service
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