Sorry, Postmates—there’s a new food pick-up app in town and it’s dedicated to solving the global food crisis while helping customers and restaurant owners. Here’s what you need to know about this exciting new app.
Too Good To Go allows users to order directly from NYC restaurants that have a surplus of meals or products at the end of the day that would otherwise be disposed of. For one-third of the usual price, users can choose a local restaurant or market via the (totally free) app, order a Surprise Bag and pick it up on-site during an allotted time slot (you can order up to one day ahead). The Surprise Bag is exactly that—a surprise! Users can expect every bag to be different, depending on what’s leftover from that day, but you won’t know what’s in it until you pick it up.
Why? Because 40 percent of food is wasted in the US—yes, seriously. Food waste is also the third largest cause of pollution in the world, making up 8 percent of all greenhouse gas emissions. So if you’re down to save the planet and you aren’t too picky about what you’re eating for dinner (or dessert), Too Good To Go is just the ticket. In fact, it’s especially important in New York.
“As a city, we actually produce enough food waste on an annual basis to fill the Empire State Building 32 times,” Claire Oliverson, head of marketing at Too Good To Go, told NBC New York. “We’ve really seen with COVID that more food is being wasted than ever.”