Applaud App that Decreases Food Waste


Target: Bryan Summersett and Dan Newman, Cofounders of LeftoverSwap

Goal: Applaud mobile app on providing an innovative way to decrease food waste

A new website and mobile application seeks to change the way people view their leftover meals. The idea for the app, LeftoverSwap, was first conceived while cofounders, Bryan Summersett and Dan Newman, were roommates at the University of Michigan. According to NPR, the app works by allowing those who use it to photograph their leftover food after a meal, post it on their profile, and wait for someone to offer a trade or simply take the leftovers off the user’s hands.

The cofounders are not yet sure how to, or if they will ever, monetize their app. According to NPR, the main reason Summersett and Newman created the app was to help the environment. Newman says, “there’s a bunch of studies about how much more food we need to produce for the world population by 2050, and how fertilizers are less effective and our current rate of producing food isn’t going to suffice. Meanwhile, in the US we produce so much more food than we consume and so much is going to waste.”

According to the app’s website, forty percent of the food produced in the United States goes to waste, and yet, sixteen percent of Americans do not have enough food to lead healthy lifestyles. Sharing leftovers will help those who no longer want the meal by allowing them to decrease their food waste, as well as by allowing them to avoid overeating. Those who claim the leftovers will never have to pay to receive them, helping them save money.

In addition to helping the environment, the cofounders hope the app will bring neighbors together and help people forge stronger relationships with one another.

By conceiving this idea and moving forward with it, Summersett and Newman show a deep interest in finding creative ways to better the environment. By signing the petition below, you will applaud LeftoverSwap.


Dear Bryan Summersett and Dan Newman,

Your website and mobile app, LeftoverSwap, is extremely useful and innovative. Many people purchase meals or takeout from restaurants, and due to the large portion sizes, either throw the remaining food away or force themselves to eat more than they should. With the high percentage of food waste in the United States, methods to save food are important to the sustainability of the nation. LeftoverSwap provides a creative way for people to find a place for their leftovers besides the trash.

By creating this app, you show your commitment to the environment and the health of the nation. In addition, you demonstrate your desire to build communities and promote dining locally. We would like to applaud your innovation.


[Your Name Here]

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One Comment

  1. Frances Kakazu says:

    I do no know about this one. Maybe people should be encouraged to prepare and consume less food.

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