Hello, Congratulations on making it to the refinement phase. I understand you have an app open to android users already. This is working well for your cause. Your app and idea can help many people. It helps people in the slums, kids in the orphanage, people in shelter homes, patients in government hospitals, workers at constructions sites, homeless people living on the side of the road, and workers who work on the road and can’t leave. This idea is a great idea, and sounds like it is working great in India. I suggest you make and app for iphone users as well. This will allow more people to be involved and that means more food being gave away. This means there will even be less waste. You say iphone users can contact you through the “what’s app” app. This adds an extra step that can be prevented. People like simple, easy, convenient things. I believe that’s why people download apps. Apps are convenient. Having one app that does one thing and then one app that isn’t yours but you are using to help your app can be confusing. It’s easy that it only takes 8 steps to create an account, and submit a location or deliver food. I find that super easy and convenient. Maybe you could take out one step. I would recommend taking out the manually turning on the location part of it. Make it automatic when they download the app. This just deletes on step and makes it a little bit faster. I like that you are doing your idea locally, I believe that all great things start small! You have 400 hunger spots with 5 cities. That’s great! Have you considered expanding or do you plan to keep it small? I think it would be easy to expand and that could help more food waste all over the world. You have to get in contact with other people around the world like yourself and get them on board with your idea. Test this out for five months and hold a meeting with each other every month for those five months. Really like the idea, I think it could be bigger than locally! Once again congratutations on making it to the refinement phase once again. Good luck!
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You have many ideas involved in this article. From this article, I gather you have five goals. 1) Bring down the price of food. 2) Reduce the environmental impact that food waste can have. 3) Decrease the losses on food processing. 4) Build Biogas plants near markets. 5) Reduce the use of plastic bags. I think the best idea is building the biogas plants near markets. This idea has the most pros and is well worth the money it would be to build one. You could do a lot with a biogas plant that makes its own energy. Make a community place for people to go if they are in need of aid or, want to provide a home cooked meal for whomever shows up. You can use the power that the plant would make and power the facility. Convert two dump trucks into compost trucks. People of the community could put their waste into a bin. This bin much like a trash bin can be collected by the compost trucks. The compost trucks could then bring it back to the biogas plant and power it. You can’t make everyone create their own compost bin. Not everyone wants rotting food by their house. You can’t make everyone buy exactly what they need when they go to the grocery store. People like to buy as much as they can so they don’t have to make a lot of trips to the store or market. It would be more useful to those who already have a garden. You could compost for fill around your land but then it’s just easier to call a dump truck for a load of dirt. I can’t see how composting would bring down the price of food. I would like to know how composting would lower the price. I would like to know why composting would lower the price. You still have to buy food to compost the waste. Big companies don’t care what you do with the food as long as you are buying it. It is a good idea to buy non-perishable food in bulk because it doesn’t go bad. Like I said before it is hard to buy only exactly what you need. People should try to buy more food from their local farmers or markets. I can see making a plan for what you need to buy. I can’t see trying to get people to buy only what they need for their dinner. People like to have food around the house always. They want to be able to make something without going to the grocery store. I hope you gained something from my input, all good ideas and I hope one of them takes off and makes a change! Good luck!