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food waste sucks

involve restaurants, people and community to attack food waste issue and feedback the community

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Explain your project idea (2,000 characters)

combination of an online campaign, leading to offline action (to-be-expired food donation) a product-service-system to generate community engagement, restaurant growth and awareness around the food waste issue. install donation bins at restaurants, train both foodies and restaurants on food waste issue and how to get involved with food waste sucks. The expected result of this first step is to find financial investment to develop an e-learning platform, where both foodies, restaurants and non-profits will interact among each other, track their activities, redeem discount coupons (foodies), tax benefits (restaurants), people fed (NGOs). The campaign concept is ‘FOOD WASTE SUCKS”, the main goal is to awaken the desire to take action by ‘partnershiping’ with local business and by rewarding their customers for doing what they do anyway, eating out, adding the value of doing good. using the power of social media and the community of Los Angeles restaurants, food influencers, and food related non-profits to get the word out about #FoodWasteSucks. Macro-View: FoodWasteSucks website: informational website for restaurants, foodies and nonprofits to get involved and learn more about the issue, project, digital content & marketing materials: blog posts, in-store displays and promotional videos surveys: capture sentiment and knowledge of consumer and collect insights for food waste combat tactics (taken online or at the restaurant) participants will receive an invitation to engage with #FoodWasteSucks (share videos) 12 liter buckets will be available for purchase ($5.00). To transport food to be donated at participating restaurants (buckets have a QR code to track future activity) larger storage bins hosted at restaurant partners (NGOs will collect and re-distribute donations on scheduled date

Who are the beneficiaries? (1,000 characters)

people living in food insecure environment in urban cities around the world

How is your idea unique? (1,000 characters)

this is a unique idea because it engage all stakeholders of the food system and it can easily be scaled to any country. even if the original idea is to engage foodies to donate to-be-expired food, the project is unique also in the potential adaptability, we can integrate farmers and community gardens management companies if we integrate food scraps donation.

Idea Proposal Stage (choose one)

  • Initial Design: I am exploring the idea, gathering the inspiration and information I need to test it with real users.
  • Prototype: I have done some small tests or experiments with prospective users to continue developing the idea.

Tell us more about your organization/company (1 sentence and website URL)

food tribe is a 360 platform aiming to end hunger by leveraging in the interaction of foodies (millennials) and restaurant owners. we work both as a marketing agency to promote restaurants doing good to the community and as a content creation agency to provide relevant information for those who are willing to engage in good causes to give back to the community.

Expertise in sector

  • 1-2 years

Organization Filing Status

  • Yes, we are a registered company.

In 3-4 sentences, tell us the inspiration or story that encouraged you to start this project.

I believe in food as a key to social transformation and by being a communicator, I saw the opportunity to connect people in order to create awareness about appreciation and the possibility of making a positive change in my surrounding. If I love good food, why can't everyone else have it as well?

Who will work alongside your organization in the project idea? (1,000 characters)

Los Angeles area homeless - receiving food LA Compost Management - partner for the e-learning platform as a source of how to reduce food waste NGOs related to food, eg. LA Food Bank - logistic partner Los Angeles Area Restaurants - logistic partner and target

Please share some of the top strengths identified in the community which your project will serve (500 characters)

Los Angeles is the city with the larger number of homeless and people living in food insecurity in the United States, and it is considered a food meca, which give us a huge opportunity to engage with restaurants.

Geographic Focus

Los Angeles, California

How many months are required for the project idea? (500 characters)

12 months

Did you submit this idea to our 2017 BridgeBuilder Challenge? (Y/N)

  • No

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Photo of Daniel Ordoñez
Team

Love the concept.

Few questions - will foodies/restaurants be able to decide where the food is being donated? For example, I would love to know I'm helping feed people in Skid Row, Watts, etc.

How often are restaurants donating? Daily? Weekly? Monthly?

Photo of Lunna Pigatto Raposzo
Team

Hi Daniel,
Thank you for your questions and feedback.
Food Tribe imagines having a contract with the food related NGOs, in order to commit with regular donations, which is their main issue. That doesn't exclude the possibility of new partnerships to be established through out the project, in fact, we want to connect with as many as possible, as our mission is to end hunger.
What I imagine with this feedback, is creating a space for co-developing these partnerships by asking foodies for suggestions.
As regard periodicity, there are technology we can use to track amount of food that has already been donated. Once sufficient food is donated, always having expiration date as an important variety, logistics for distribution will be automated.
I hope we can have at least weekly donation redistribution.
Did I answer your question?

Photo of Elena Endres
Team

How do customers/foodies participate in donating food? I.e. do they bring leftovers from their home, deposit their un-eaten food at whatever restaurant they're at, bring canned/boxed food to be donated?

Photo of Terence Latimer
Team

Hey Elena this is Terence with Food Tribe :)

That's a great question, and one that we'll look to address in our updated proposal.

The idea is that guests can register online and we'll do the tracking. We'll have donation centers to track where the food is coming from and going. Hopefully that answers your question!

Photo of Lunna Pigatto Raposzo
Team

Hi Elena,
Thank you for your questions, I should probably have this info more accessible for future presentations.
The original project target foodies, therefore we understood to-be-expire food would be the first step in the process of creating a habit.
Now that we are looking to prototype, and gathering other partners, we are open to adapt so we can have it going.
Ideally Food Tribe, our startup, will train and implement the structure necessary in order for participating restaurants to host collected donation and serve as redistribution centers.
Let me know if those answer your question. And please, you are welcome to ask more!

Photo of Michelle
Team

What a great concept. As foodies/Angelinos we often face the guilt of overindulgence as we walk out of a restaurant and into one of many encampments. The transients are everywhere and that aren't the problem their situation is. I love that you are solving the issue of hunger. Many times restaurants criminalize the homeless for scavenging what others have discarded. Way to go. How long until launch?

Photo of Terence Latimer
Team

Thanks for the feedback Michelle! We appreciate the love :)

So we're looking to get live just as soon as we know that our model works.

Right now, we're recruiting partners to help us prototype the solution. If that's successful, we'll go from there.

Photo of Lunna Pigatto Raposzo
Team

Michelle,
I appreciate your analysis over the behavior, change mindsets is a big challenge, but once established, it naturally lead people in acting different.
This project is not only a product-service-system, it is a movement, we aim to give people the opportunity not only to have access to do good, but also make them question their current behavior and from there, guide them in changing habits.
There are laws involved in implementing, as Terence said, we are partnering with different stakeholders in LA in order to adapt and find the MVP to start prototyping.

Photo of Vicky S.
Team

Your idea sounds very noble and I wholeheartedly agree. Food waste is a major problem within the United States and finding a way to give back to less fortunate is important.

I was wondering whether you planned to enroll your initiative throughout the entire Los Angeles county all at once or step-by-step? Have you ever considered starting out within a certain area of Los Angeles, engage local restaurants within that area and then going forward from there?

Photo of Lunna Pigatto Raposzo
Team

Hi Vicky,
Thank you so much for your feedback. I'm sorry for my late reply.
We are currently doing partnership with NGOs in DTLA, so for now we will keep redistributing food to those people in need in that particular area.
But, because LA is so big and transportation in a big issue, it's important that foodies are able to easily find a restaurant/donation center where they can make the act of sharing. That being said, even if it is a step-by-step, we are open and already reaching to restaurant all over the county.
FOOD WASTE SUCKS is still being structured for a prototype.
Please share more insights and feedback, it is very important to know how and what people understand out of our idea.
Thank you again!

Photo of Terence Latimer
Team

Great questions Vicky!