Raj Karmani: Delivering surplus food from businesses to those in need.
Raj, a Pakistani, came to the U.S. to study computer science.
While in graduate school at the University of Illinois, he noticed the owner of a nearby bagel shop calling charities to see if they wanted to pick up his surplus food.
Raj knew that was a wonderful thing to do, but also knew there had to be a better way:
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Knowing also, that over 30% of all food produced in the U.S. Is discarded, in 2013 Raj started Zero Percent.
Its purpose is to collect surplus food from restaurants, markets and other sources, food destined for landfills, to instead deliver it to charities in need.
Using his computer, he developed applications matching businesses and charities, and provided efficient pickup and delivery services, seven days a week.
Zero Percent now has 525 food donors, that have provided 160,000 meals to 384 nonprofits, all in the Chicago area.
And this food rescue system has the potential for use in many parts of the world, dispersing billions of pounds of food to feed the hungry.
To see Zero Percent in action in a 5-minute, 26-second video, click here, or watch below.
Editor's Note:To learn more, please see https://www.zeropercent.us/
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