France became the first nation in the world to ban supermarkets from wasting food under a new law this month. Large grocery stores must now donate unsold food to charities, the Guardian reports, a move that will result in millions more meals for France’s needy. The law came on the heels of a grassroots movement by shoppers that aims to expand versions of France’s law to all of the European Union.
According to the USDA, approximately 133 billion pounds of food is wasted in a given year in the United States. Much of that comes from restaurants throwing out food that they didn’t get to sell each day. Food for All is a new app that lets users purchase those meals at a cheaper price before it gets thrown out.
Copia is an app that connects San Francisco Bay Area businesses to nonprofits that feed people in need. Komal Ahmad founded the company, which recovered 150,000 pounds of food and fed 130,000 people in September.
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