Almost half of all food produced in the US is thrown away. Two apps are seeking to change that: Food Cowboy and Zero Percent.
Food Cowboy provides a more efficient mechanism for rejected bulk food (such as a pallet of vegetables rejected for cosmetic reasons) to be distributed to food banks in the vicinity. It uses an app that sends out an alert along the route of a truck carrying food that has been rejected.
Zero Percent does a similar thing, but targets retail food waste. When excess food becomes available at a retailer, email and text alerts are sent to a pool of volunteers from nonprofit groups.
It's kind of cool to see this app economy being applied to solve some of the thornier waste problems.
Food Cowboy: http://www.foodcowboy.com/
Zero Percent: http://zeropercent.us/