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Groundbreaking App Lets You Rescue $15+ Worth Of Food For Just 6 Bucks

Photo: Les Kaner // Too Good To Go

Food waste has persisted as a global problem that many companies are trying to find solutions for. Upcycled foods and waste reduction are two industries that have formed to combat excess food waste, but 1.4 billion tons still gets tossed every year, the majority of which is at home or at restaurants.

On the restaurant end, there’s a large network of connected local restaurants called Too Good To Go that’s striving to make a massive impact on rescuing food that would otherwise go to waste.

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Consumers can tap into this network via the Too Good To Go app, which allows them to reserve “Surprise Bags” from spots around them that are in the system for $5-$6. What you get in return is approximately $15 worth of food that the restaurant would have otherwise thrown out.

Overall, the restaurant wins by making a little extra money off of food they would’ve lost, you get to score on a massive discount for some food, and Too Good To Go profits slightly off of the cost of the bag. Pretty much, everybody benefits, including the planet, as food waste is cut and helps lower waste and resulting greenhouse gas emissions.

It’s not just restaurants that you can get food from, however, as Too Good To Go partners with restaurants, bakeries, supermarkets, and hotels. Currently, they’re linked with 75,000 different spots worldwide.

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Too Good To Go, founded in 2016, is currently in the midst of a massive push to expand globally. They’ve recently made a debut in San Francisco, and can also be seen in New York City, Chicago, Austin, and other metropolises worldwide.

It’s one of the biggest ways to fight against food waste, and it pretty much works the same for a customer as a food delivery app would. Sure, there’s a lot more we can do at home to combat food waste too, but this is a pretty convenient way to get started.

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This App is Basically ‘Tinder’ for Food

I think we can all agree that two of the most difficult decisions you can ever make in your life are: choosing a mate, and choosing what to eat (probably).  And I’m sure that the majority of us are choosing what to eat more often than choosing a mate… (I would hope)

Enter ‘Entrée‘:  The only app that finds food in your area, that you could potentially date.  Kidding!  Entrée is for the indecisive hungry person within all of us that literally cannot figure out what they should have as their next meal because they aren’t “feeling anything specific” or is always “down for whatever.”

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Piggybacking off ‘Tinder,’ this app lets you swipe left or right on specific dishes at nearby restaurants, and gives you further information and options once you come to a decision.  Utilizing their unique algorithm, Entrée learns your preferences over time, potentially giving you more options you’d actually enjoy in the future.

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I’m not exactly sure if this will help you choose what to eat quicker, because it might just send you on another “swiping spree.”

At its current stage, Entrée is only available regionally within Los Angeles, New York, and Washington D.C., with other major cities on the way.

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5 Food Apps Changing How You Order Food

As time goes on, we seem to get closer to becoming the humans in Wall-E. Technology, though incredible and awe-inspiring, is being used in numerous ways to facilitate laziness/productivity (depending on how you view your glasses of water). Apps centered on ordering food have exploded onto this front of “I didn’t really know I needed this” technology. Here are the heavy hitters changing the way you eat and all but eliminating the need to speak to another person IRL.

1. Starbucks Order

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With Starbucks Order, you can choose items from your chosen store’s drink and food menu, customize your order in ways you might not have known were possible, and simply walk to the pick-up counter to retrieve your pick-me-up. A printed receipt hugs your cup, boasting a perfectly legible, correctly spelled name. You only have to say your name to a barista and you’re on your way.

The lines at Starbucks, especially at peak hours, can make the most patient individuals fume, but reducing your barista interactions to your name and a smile seems downright cold. After all, they’re the only line of defense between us and our beloved coffee. These are strangers who are nice to us pre-caffeination. And we’re just going to throw that relationship away?

2. Allset

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Several apps are available that allow you to reserve a table at a restaurant and order your food in advance, but Allset isn’t encouraging you to do it all the time. Geared toward the precious lunch hour, the app allows you to make reservations, order food, and pay before you even set foot in the restaurant. You can also include an adjustable tip, so the service quality from the waiter you’ll barely talk to isn’t a complete dice roll.  In May they even introduced a feature allowing people to order the day before.

3. Grab/AirGrub

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Similar to the aforementioned apps, Grab and AirGrub allow travelers to order food ahead of time from airport restaurants. You might not be able to avoid your Chatty Cathy neighbor on the plane, but you can at least get a burger in peace. Well, as much peace as you can get sprinting towards your gate.

4. Eat24


The year began with Eat24 battling it out with GrubHub for the title of largest food delivery app. Before we could enjoy our Valentine’s Day chocolates, however, Yelp acquired Eat24, letting GrubHub slink off into the corner. Having trustworthy ratings blend with a smooth food delivery app, especially when your color schemes already match, seems like a cocktail for success. So far, so good, but everyone I know panics when a restaurant employee calls about an issue with their order.

5. Postmates

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More than just a food delivery app, Postmates will have their couriers deliver anything from alcohol to laundry detergent to your front door. An emergency Uber of sorts, Postmates compartmentalizes the awkwardness of buying a pack of condoms, a bag of Cheetos, and Pepto Bismol from the local pharmacy into a 10-20 second interaction with a college student. So that’s… better?