Have you ever looked into your refrigerator, saw your leftovers, and realized you couldn't bring yourself to eat any more of it? A new app will now let you trade your leftovers for the leftovers in someone else's refrigerator. It's true. Using an app called Leftover Swap allows diners to either swap the remains of last night’s gastronomic sweetmeat for the brown bag in your neighbor's fridge or simply give away the tasty morsels you have left over. Is this something people have been clambering for or is it simply technology run amuck? Only time will tell.
The first step in the process of ridding your refrigerator of its left over larder is taking a picture of it. You can lay it out on your best china surrounded with a pretty garnish to make it look good enough to make your neighbors stomach grumble and their salivary glands spring water. The photo is then uploaded to the database of the app right next to your neighbor's leftover chicken wings. Then the great leftovers swap can begin. Your neighbor can then decide if trading his chicken wings for your leftover Chow Mein is a good deal and helps them to clear precious space in their sub-zero refrigerator.
The app is designed with good intentions in mind. The goal is to reduce food waste and because many people never get around to eating the contents of the doggy bag they brought back from dinner and instead throw it away a few days later, the leftover swap is a great idea. The app is free and the swap can keep perfectly edible day-old food out of the trash compactor. It's a noble gesture whose time has come. Maybe. It certainly while help people get to know the contents of their neighbor's fridge intimately even if they don't decide to swap leftovers.
Another positive outcome of using the app is if you don't see any of your neighbor's leftovers you feel you just have to have, you can simply give your leftovers away. The Leftover Swap app was created by Seattle programmer Bryann Summersett and his co-founder Dan Newman. The idea is to cut down on the millions of pounds of food wasted each year by essentially recycling it. If you're a do-gooder at heart the idea you can help to feed the starving multitudes with your leftover linguine certainly must appeal to you. You can feed the hungry who are savvy enough technologically to check the database of Leftover Swap for tasty, nutritious free fare.
The new app, which is set to be launched on August 30 and is designed for iOS devices, started as a joke. Newman and Summersett had ordered too much pizza one night while undergrads at the University of Michigan 3 years ago and were looking for a way to get the leftovers to other hungry, broke co-eds. Once the laughter died down they began to realize giving away leftover food could actually be helpful to the hungry or those who wouldn't touch last night's leftovers with a 10 foot pole. They also knew 40% of food purchased goes to waste and 16% of Americans don't get enough nutritious food each day. There hope is the free app can strike a blow against hunger.
The app uses the honor system. Swappers trust their neighbors haven't picked through the food they're attempting to trade which could definitely be a health cracker or it hasn't celebrated too many birthdays in the refrigerator. If you're not afraid of the obvious health hazards you can chow down on some of your neighbor's perfectly good 6 day old lasagna tonight.