Technology that matches extra food with communities in need

Replate matches surplus food from businesses with communities in need instantly.

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I confirm that I am fully aware of the eligibility criteria, and based on its description, I am eligible to apply to the CSV Prize 2017.

  • Yes, I'm eligible

Preferred language

  • English

Organization name

Replate

Year founded

2016

Initiative stage

  • Growth (the pilot has already launched and is starting to expand)

Annual budget in 2017 (USD)

  • $100k - $250k

Number of beneficiaries impacted so far

  • More than 100,000

Organization type

  • Nonprofit, NGO, or citizen sector

Secondary Focus Area

  • Nutrition

Headquarters location: Country

  • United States of America

Headquarters location: City

Berkeley, CA

Location(s) of impact

San Francisco, Bay Area (San Jose, Palo Alto, Los Altos, Berkeley, Oakland), Los Angeles, Manhattan NYC

Website

http://www.replate.org

Facebook URL

https://www.facebook.com/replateyourmeals/

Twitter URL

https://twitter.com/replateyourmeal?lang=en

Problem: What problem is this initiative trying to address?

Food waste and food insecurity.

Solution Summary: What is the proposed solution? What do you see as its most promising aspects for creating shared value?

Replate leverages technology and the gig economy to make sure the right food is moved to to the right location at the right time. Businesses request pickups for their surplus food on-demand or schedule weekly recurrent pickups on our platform. The closest Replate driver gets dispatched. While at the pickup location, she recovers the food, weighs it, describes it and snap a picture of it. Finally she gets matched to the closest shelter/food bank in need and delivers the food. Donating businesses receive impact reports and service logs so they know how much is donated and their social and environmental impact.

Impact: What is the impact of the work to date? Specify both the social and the environmental impact of your work

Replate to date has rescued close to a million of high-quality healthy meals for low-income communities in SF, Bay Area, NYC in one year. By 2020 Replate projects to recover 30M pounds of food a year. We supply food to 40+ recipients organizations (Lifemoves shelters, SVDP Shelters, Arriba Juntos, City team Shelters, Citizen Assistance Programs. LGBT Centers, Women Shelters). Some of which completely rely on our food and allows them to use their food budget in mental health and other services. From an environmental perspective, diverting all this food from trash helps reduce green house gases specifically CO2 and Mathane.

Financial sustainability plan: How is this initiative financially supported? How will you ensure its financial sustainability long-term?

Earned Revenue 50%, Individual donation 30%, Grants 20%

Unique value proposition: What makes your initiative innovative? How does your project differ from other organizations working in the same field?

Replate is streamlined and robust recovery system making it very scalable and replicable.

Founding story: Share a story about the "Aha!" moment that sparked the beginning of this initiative.

Please watch our story video :)
http://www.nbcbayarea.com/news/local/BAY-From-High-Tech-To-High-Need-Berkeley-Grads-Startup-Diverts-Close-To-One-Million-Pounds-Of-Excess-Food-From-Companies-To-Shelters-435769293.html

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