‘Too Good To Go’ app helps to eliminate food waste in Philadelphia

PHILADELPHIA (WPVI) – Have you ever wondered what happens to leftover slices in a pizzeria or bagels, pastries or even full meals that just aren’t sold?

Unfortunately, many restaurants throw it in the trash at the end of the night.

But now there’s an app that just launched in Philadelphia that prevents food from going to waste.

It’s called “Too Good to Go” and there is a huge benefit to customers.

By saving groceries from being wasted, you save a lot of money on take-away and also help our small businesses.

This is food that often cannot be donated or served again the next day, but is fresh and ready to eat at the moment.

This app features surprise bags of some of Philly’s best groceries too good to go for a fraction of the price.

“Forty percent of food is lost,” says Judy Ni, owner of Baology in Center City. “You could feed people. It’s crazy.”

With the brand new Too Good to Go app, local restaurants like Baology do just that: feed people. The concept is called win-win-win.

First, you can get good takeaway meals for customers at a third of the price.

“It’s a lower rate because if we were to throw it away it obviously wouldn’t make a difference anyway,” says Ni. “It’s a great way to get people’s bellies for a cheaper price, and the food is perfect.”

These are meals that can’t be sold tomorrow but are still fresh and tasty now, like the bespoke macaroni and cheese bowls at Mac Mart in Center City.

“Suppose we build something wrong, or if someone cancels an order, that product remains with us and we can’t sell it,” says Marti Lieberman, co-owner of Mac Mart.

But now you can offer it as a “surprise bag”.

The second win is for small businesses that need the help now more than ever.

“This gives us a wonderful opportunity to get paid for our food costs and also to feed some customers who may or may not have tried our food,” says Lieberman.

The third victory is for the planet.

This app prevents good food from going to waste.

“We have saved more than 65 million meals from the trash,” says Lucie Basch, co-founder of Too Good to Go. “This is food that ended up in the stomach instead of in the trash.”

In just a few weeks, more than 4,000 meals were saved and enjoyed here in our city.

“Philly is definitely on board for the mission now,” says Basch. “It was so impressive to see that every meal we put on the platform is saved.”

The inventory of surprise bags only depends on what is left at any given time.

Dozens of local restaurants are on board.

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