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New ‘PareUp’ App Lets Restaurants Sell Discount Leftovers Instead of Throwing Them Away

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It was a cruel and stupid person who decided restaurants shouldn’t be allowed to give their leftovers away at the end of the night, a decision which the USDA estimates results in about 133 billion pounds of food from retailers, restaurants, and homes wasted every year. Thankfully it doesn’t have to be this way.

Over in New York, a new startup called PareUp wants to help, well, pair restaurants and consumers looking to sell and buy excess foodstuffs at discounted prices. Set to launch in the Apple store by fall and be available to Android users “in the future,” according to the Los Angeles Times, the mobile app will store inventories of participating retailers’ products, allow retailers to update and set prices for the listings, and inform customers of the offerings for the day.

Like similar app Leftover Swap, which allows users to upload photos of their leftovers for other, nearby users to locate and potentially pick up, the goal of PareUp is to cut down on waste and help food retailers increase profits — albeit in a significantly less sketchy, poison-prone way.

A prototype is expected to be available by the end of summer, with the first partnered restaurants including New York City’s Oslo Coffee Roasters and Breads Bakery. With any luck, the app will find success and spread to the West Coast. Helloooo, discounted milky buns.

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New iPhone App Lets You Pawn Off Half-Eaten Leftovers to Complete Strangers

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Have you ever ordered way too much at a restaurant and said to yourself, “‘I don’t want to ask for a box. I wish it was socially acceptable to ask that dude over there if he wants my leftovers?”

Yeah, me neither, but in case you ever do want to give away your leftovers, there’s an app for that. (Surprise!)

Launching on Aug. 30, the Leftover Swap app will allow you to snap a photo of your leftover food, upload it to the app and alert others of its availability, from there you can arrange a pickup or delivery similar to Craigslist transactions.

Leftover Swap claims many benefits including reducing the amount of wasted food that ends up in landfills and helping reduce obesity. The idea behind the latter assumes that users will give away their food after being full, rather than forcing themselves to keep eating.

Co-Founder Dan Newman told the Daily News that 16 percent of the American population does not have enough food to live a healthy lifestyle and that he hopes the app will be a small step towards reducing world hunger.

However, health officials in San Francisco, California have warned of the dangers that might come with Leftover Swap, stating that most foodborne illnesses come from leftovers.

The app will be free and released on both iPhone and Android devices.

You never know what will catch on these days, but I don’t expect the doggie bag industry to hurt too much.

H/T + PicThx Daily News