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Tech firm in Pune ties up with restaurants, NGOs and serves up on a plate zero-food wastage app

Inculcating the ‘zero-food wastage’ message among residents, this app allows the foodies headed to restaurants/eateries earn reward points for not wasting food they are served.

Written by Garima Rakesh Mishra | Pune | Updated: July 8, 2016 7:37:06 pm

AT A time when apps are a rage, here’s one that takes on a social route-sensitising residents to take up the cause of not wasting food in a country where for some, finding a meal twice a day is a privilege.

Inculcating the ‘zero-food wastage’ message among residents, this app allows the foodies headed to restaurants/eateries earn reward points for not wasting food they are served. The reward points can be redeemed later.

Since November 2015, city-based firm, SamvadSocial Technologies, in collaboration with My Indian Dream, has been creating awareness for the cause of zero food wastage. Carrying forward the initiative, the firm will be launching a free mobile application – Food Dosti – a techno-social solution to address food wastage in the city today.

Sanjeev Neve, director, SamvadSocial Technologies, said, “We held brainstorming sessions to discuss ways in which the country can become progressive and sustainable. The app is one step towards the same. It connects three significant groups involved in food consumption in a symbiotic way to reduce food wastage footprint, benefiting the three simultaneously.”

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The app, he says, allows foodies at the restaurants/eateries earn reward points for not wasting food they are served. The reward points can be redeemed at any restaurant that uses the app. On the other hand, restaurants are able to ensure that food that is served is consumed and not wasted, thus reducing their manufacturing cost. Further, any surplus food available in the restaurant is broadcast using the Food Dosti Application and can be up-cycled to the needy by the connected NGOs.

While SamvadSocial Technologies develops Socially-Useful Social Applications (SUSA), My Indian Dream is its collaborative platform that connects people with an aim to identify tangible ideas that can be implemented collaboratively, which can help in addressing common issues faced in day-to-day life.

The firm has been working on the app since past six months. Neve says that initial talks with various restaurants and NGOs are on, with many willing to come on board for the cause. The app comes with various interesting features. “For instance, there is a special ‘Portion Saver’ feature in the application, through which customers have the facility of ordering only half a dish and using the balance money in their next visit to the restaurant,” says Neve.

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