It's discouraging to accept that my connections aren't good enough yet to get donated food to someone, somewhere. Then I read about Komal Ahmad. She's in San Francisco (where I was born) and was running into the same problem. She also feels that food waste is a dumb problem and was trying to do something about it. But when she had to throw perfectly good donated food away, she got smart. She wrote an app. I love this!
Komal calls her organization Feeding Forward. People who have excess food go to the app to schedule a pick up. A large network of service organizations find out when food near them is available. Volunteers do the picking up and delivering. I'm not sure how all the details work, but I can't wait to talk to this clever young woman and get a similar program rolling in Portland.
We finish up with the Saturday Market on Thursday. (We're there 11:00 to 5:00 Tuesday and Wednesday, and 11:00 to 3:30 on Thursday.) Then I'll be free from brownie baking for a while and have time to focus on building our network.
I love that news agencies report positive work like this. I love that the internet makes it easy for people to share information with friends. I'm just starting to love apps, because real people are creating them to solve real problems. You go, Komal! And I hope you don't mind if Portland and I come along.