Social entrepreneurs cooking up solutions to feed the hungry

Without a doubt, it’s such a disgrace that a large proportion of U.S. food gets wasted in a single day, while more than 50 million Americans do not know where their next meal will come from. However, a

number of social entrepreneurs have seen an opportunity in the above dire scenario. Rachel Sumekh founded the Swipe Out Hunger franchise, an initiative that facilitates donations of excess dollars from college students’ meal plans to fellow needy students and the broader community. Brianna McGuire founded the Foodfully app which negates wastage of household food by alerting users when their food is about to go bad. Komal Ahmad founded the Copia, a food recovery enterprise that utilizes ideals from Uber to connect those with excess food to those in need of it in real time. Ahmad mentions that while technology can be employed to order food, it should also provide an avenue to improve lives of millions of people ensuring no one goes hungry (Mair et. al., 2016).


Mair, J., Robinson, J., Hockerts, K., & Universidad de Navarra. (2016). Social entrepreneurship. Basingstoke [England: Palgrave Macmillan.



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