Californian woman develops phone app to feed almost 600,000 homeless people in San Francisco
Three years ago – when she was a student at the University of California, Berkeley –Komal Ahmad – now aged 25 – was walking near campus when a homeless man approached her and asked her for money to buy food.
Ms Ahmad, instead, invited the man to lunch and, as they ate, he told how he was a soldier – recently returned from Iraq – and that he had run into a rough patch.
After that experience, which, she says, “blew my mind,” Ms Ahmad began an initiative at the university which allowed the dining hall to donate any excess food to local homeless shelters.
The initiative became so successful that it expanded to roughly 140 other colleges and universities across America in just three years.
Now CEO of a not-for-profit service called Feeding Forward, Ms Ahmad told New York’s Daily News how excess food-wastage “is literally the world’s dumbest problem.”
She added: “Hunger is bad – it’s terrible everywhere – but in America, in the most prosperous, industrialised country in the world, this just shouldn’t exist.”
Putting the problem into perspective, she said: “Imagine a football stadium filled to its brim. That’s how much food goes wasted every single day in America.”
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