Young Entrepreneurs Find A Use For Wasted Food: Feeding The Hungry | Restaurant Tips |

In 2010, according to the USDA, 48.8 million Americans lived in food-insecure households, defined as “uncertain of having, or unable to acquire, enough food to meet the needs of all their members because they had insufficient money or other resources.” Meanwhile, the EPA estimates that 95 billion pounds of food are wasted annually. Recovering less than half of that amount could feed the millions in need. But where to begin?

A team of six Arizona State University students believe one solution lies in the power of social media. In 2011, Loni Amundson, Ramya Baratam, Steven Hernandez, Jake Irvin, Katelyn Keberle, and Eric Lehnhardt teamed up via the school’s Engineering Projects in Community Service program (EPICS) to create FlashFood, a food recovery network that uses text notifications to connect food-service vendors with those in need.......