FlashFood Recovery Nominated for Coolest College Start-Up
Jessica Slater (ASU) Members of the FlashFood team (left to right): Jake Irvin, Loni Amundson, Eric Lehnhardt, Katelyn Keberle, Steven Hernandez, and Ramya Baratam
Bothered by the large amount of food waste in the industry, whether it's from a restaurant, grocery store, or catered event? The team at FlashFood Recovery has an innovative way to get extra food into hungry bellies, and you're just one Facebook "like" away from showing your support. Homegrown at Arizona State University, FlashFood is one of 12 finalists for Inc. Magazine's fifth-annual competition for America's Coolest College Start-Up.
The team behind FlashFood, a social media-powered network designed to collect excess food for donation, comprises current and former students in the engineering, marketing, and sustainability programs. Eric Lehnhardt, who began working on finding a resolution to food waste as part of an applied engineering class at ASU, was called to action when he learned that Phoenix has the third-highest rate of childhood food insecurity in the country. Nationwide, one in five children goes to bed hungry every night.