Food waste is a huge problem in the United States.
Think of all the buffets, bakeries and grocery stores that toss out perfectly good food each day.
Two apps — Too Good To Go and Flashfood — are trying to change that by connecting businesses with consumers willing to purchase food near its expiration date at a steep discount.
It’s a win-win-win: You get cheap food, the restaurant makes a little money and less food goes to waste.
The biggest downside? Both apps are only available in select US cities.
Here’s everything you need to know about Too Good To Go and Flashfood, including their service locations.
What Is Too Good To Go?
Too Good To Go is a smartphone app that connects customers to businesses with leftover food.
You can choose a participating restaurant or store in your area, then order a “surprise bag” of surplus food at a discounted price.
Surprise bags cost $4 to $7 and contain food that would’ve otherwise gone to waste. These bags also cost about three times less than the original sales price.
Pay for it directly in the app, then pick it up from the store during a designated time window.
You never know what you’ll get in a surprise bag. It could be anything from four slices of pizza to 15 bagels to a box of organic fruits and vegetables. That element of surprise is what makes it exciting for the app’s roughly 54 million global users.
Too Good To Go is popular in Europe but it’s currently only available in 12 US cities:
- Washington DC area
- New York City
- Portland, Maine
- San Francisco Bay Area
- Los Angeles
- Portland, Oregon
Too Good To Go says it will continue to expand in the United States, where it is currently piloting partnerships with Safeway and Panera.
Remember: Vendors list food on Too Good To Go because it’s about to expire. While pre-packaged foods come with a printed…