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Hungarian teenagers launch app against food waste

Three Hungarian secondary school students have launched the world’s first online food sharing application, dubbed “FoodOverflow,” which helps to reduce food waste by creating a community of people living near each other, according to the initiativeʼs website.

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The idea of Bence Boér, Ambrus Tóth and Péter Szigeti (all aged 15) came from a visit to a bakery near closing time, where they saw a lot of leftover pastry. Asking the owners about the leftovers, they realized that the majority are usually thrown away.

Through the application and the website of FoodOverflow, users can offer unwanted or leftover food, specifying the name, category, description, and expiration date. A handover place is estimated by the device’s location or can be chosen on a map.

After each transaction, the supplier gets a virtual currency, the so-called “FoodCoin,” to honor his or her offer.

According to a survey by the National Food Chain Safety Office (NÉBIH), Hungarians produce 68 kilograms of food waste per person per year, of which 50% is down to squandering, according to environmental site elobolygonk.hu.