Frescue

Frescue connects homeowners to food recovery specialists and receiving agencies

Frescue connects homeowners and those with excess produce to nonprofits and volunteers who donate the produce to receiving agencies

Tags:
  • food waste
  • community
  • sustainability

Use Case

Property owners with excess fruit and vegetables can use the app to register their property for more convenient fruit picks. They can quickly estimate the magnitude of their tax deduction from the donated fruit, see how many interested volunteers live in their area, and track their fruit as it is donated to local food pantries. Volunteers with an interest in poverty and hunger alleviation can quickly able to sign-up for fruit picks and track the fruit they pick as it is donated. Food banks and homeless shelters can easily request fruit and vegetables and track the produce as it is sourced from homes and other locations. Nonprofits engaged in food recovery can utilize a simple platform to scale their operations and collaborate with other food recovery agencies.

Potential

Nonprofits, volunteers, property owners, and receiving agencies are each looking for the solution that Frescue provides. Food recovery nonprofits are frustrated because they cannot maximize their impact, as it is difficult and time-consuming to acquire homeowners and volunteers. Both homeowners and volunteers have complained about the difficulty of scheduling picks and the inability to visualize where their fruit is being donated and how it helps others. Finally, receiving agencies face constant shortages of fresh fruit and vegetables for their clients. Frescue simplifies the food recovery process, improving efficiency and reducing food waste.

Business Case

Frescue will be best established as a nonprofit, given our social mission and our low costs of operation. We view Frescue as a unique technology that can provide value to existing food recovery social enterprises, while also operating as a standalone product. By licensing the product for a small fee, nonprofits, supermarkets, and others with an interest in limiting food waste can improve efficiency of the food system while providing a sustainable revenue stream for our operations. We intend for 100% of the fruit and vegetables we collect to be donated.

Objectives:

  1. Connect homeowners with extra fruit and vegetables to donation centers that lack produce
  2. Establish a quick and efficient registration process for volunteers interested in recovering food in their communities
  3. Leveraging technology to enhance the operations of existing food recovery social enterprises

Team frescue

Durham, USA

  • Business / Social Enterprise
  • Food Waste / Consumer Issues
  • Global

Our Team

Our Mission

Over 50% of the fresh fruit and vegetables produced in first-world countries is wasted every year. While this percentage is high, it does not consider the billions of pounds of fruit left hanging on trees and laying in fields. Through an innovative mobile app that connects homeowners to food recovery specialists and receiving agencies, frescue empowers communities to rescue fresh fruit and vegetables and help end food insecurity.

Our Background

Daniel, Steven, and Jack spent the past summer developing and implementing a food recovery project in Los Angeles, California. They realized that an inefficient delivery system and geographic limitations prevented many from benefitting from the thousands of pounds of fruit they recovered every week. frescue is a solution that leverages technology to enhance the impact of local food recovery operations.

Our Team

Our Mission

Over 50% of the fresh fruit and vegetables produced in first-world countries is wasted every year. While this percentage is high, it does not consider the billions of ...Read More

Our Background

Daniel, Steven, and Jack spent the past summer developing and implementing a food recovery project in Los Angeles, California. They realized that an inefficient delivery system and geographic ...Read More

The information contained here represents student project ideas developed as the result of brainstorming activities during Round 1 of the TFF Challenge. It does not represent any final business plans or commercial products.