The biggest hunger relief organization in the U.S. is using technology to help restaurants, grocery stores, and other businesses fight food waste. 
In honor of Earth Day on Saturday, Feeding America launched a new tech platform called MealConnect. As its name implies, the free service taps into the organization’s large network, connecting businesses that have surplus food with thousands of food banks and other meal programs.
The goal is to advance the organization’s mission of solving hunger in the country by 2025 by tackling the persistent yet often overlooked problem of food waste caused by businesses and food chains.
MealConnect lets stores and other donors — whether it’s a Starbucks, local butcher, grocery store, or farmers market — to post when they have food that would otherwise go to waste. Then, the platform’s algorithms figure out the best local food pantry or program to pick up the extra food and distribute it quickly …
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