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One for you. One for me.

Make donating a meal to a needy person or family as easy as adding a tip to your dinner bill.

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Who is the target audience for your idea and how does it inspire the end user to lead a healthier life?

This is for restaurant owners or other prepared meal providers to add a social responsibility aspect to their business by making it easy for their customers to provide nutritious meals to those in need.

Forty nine million Americans have trouble getting enough to eat.

One in three Latino children are at risk of hunger.

Americans will spend about $709 billion in 2015 on eating out.

If we could tap 10% of that spending, less than an average tip, and direct it to those in need, it would roughly double the food assistance provided via SNAP.

One for you, one for me is a payment / shopping cart plug-in that makes it easy for a vendor to give their customers the ability to donate a meal while they pay for their own meal.

  1. Order your meal and enjoy
  2. The bill is automatically appended with a "1+1 meal" checkbox, a dollar amount set by the restaurant (say 10% of the bill) and a reminder that you may be able to deduct this donation.
  3. When the bill comes, the customer can check the "1+1 meal" option if they choose.
  4. This option is noted when the check is closed and the payment plug-in handles making the additional charge and transferring the funds to a food charity account associated with the program.

What early, lightweight experiment can you try out in your own community to find out if the idea will meet your expectations?

Find a restaurant with a brand and clientele slanted towards social responsibility. Provide a nicely printed "1+1 meal" card to hand out with or act as an envelope for each bill that can be filled in by the wait staff. See how many diners over a weekend take the option of making a donation. Try varying the amounts or letting diners enter their own amounts to see if response improves.

What skills, input or guidance are you keen to connect with from the OpenIDEO community to help you build out or refine your idea?

Making the application work with the variety of payment systems out there could get pretty "interesting." Insight into options for making this work would be very helpful.

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Does your idea currently have an Indiegogo campaign drafted?

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J'aime beaucoup l'idée, c'est original.

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