Why we Matter

Meal Matchup facilitates the donation of left over food from University of Washington dining halls to local non-profits:

  • Feeding people in need

  • Reducing greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) generated from food compost

  • Using an interactive, responsive, website

  • Tracking pounds of food diverted from compost

  • Delivering food via service learning students

  • Increasing student service learning opportunities and related civic engagement

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How We Differ

Meal Matchup differs from most existing food recovery
platforms in three key ways:

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We employed a human centered design process in our work.

We built our software open source for global scalability.

We provide the delivery of food via service learning students.

OUR research

We reviewed more than 15 apps and interviewed 50 agencies in Seattle and found:

  • Many institutions, including the UW, have needs that are not fully addressed by existing food recovery programs.

  • Transportation of food (less than 50 pounds) is one of the largest pain points in food recovery work, leading us to tap into service learning students for deliveries.

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the Problem

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In the U.S. alone, 40% of
food is wasted

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About 15.6 million people were food insecure last year

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Food waste causes 14% of greenhouse gas emissions

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$161 billion worth of food is wasted annually in the U.S.

the solution


Meal Matchup

Meal Matchup not only reduces food waste, protects the environment, fights against hunger, and streamlines efficiency of food recovery, but also offers a simple method for donating leftover food and provides students with community involvement opportunities.

How it Works

Meal Matchup partners with local dining halls, student groups, and non-profit organizations to facilitate the transportation of food waste. Using an open source website, dining halls indicate when they have extra food and when student groups should pick it up. Volunteers pick up the excess food and transport it to a selected shelter or other non-profit organization.

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#1: Stakeholders sign up to participate

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#2: Leftover food is collected in dining halls

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#3: Volunteers deliver the food from dining halls to non-profits

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#4: People are fed, and food waste is avoided