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FlashFood Representatives to Attend International Web Summit

We are excited to announce that FlashFood will be sending two representatives to this year’s Web Summit, a conference hosted in Dublin, Ireland that brings together thousands of attendees and hundreds of speakers from across the globe. The Web Summit aims to bring together some of the world’s most dynamic leaders and innovators in technology to network and share knowledge and ideas.

FlashFood’s Director of Marketing Jake Irvin and Director of IT Steven Hernandez are being sent to Dublin to represent FlashFood at this prestigious event on October 30th and 31st. During their time in Dublin, Jake and Steven will have the opportunity to network with thousands of the world’s leading technology and Web experts and to sit in on lectures given by

speakers ranging from the CEO of Charity: Water to the Founding Developer of WordPress. Some of the other highlighted attendees for this year’s Summit include:  Tony Hawk, Founder of the Tony Hawk Foundation; Peter Arvai, Founder and CEO of Prezi; Drew Houston, Co-Founder and CEO of Dropbox; and Ben Rattray, Founder and CEO of change.org.

 Here’s what Jake had to say about his hopes for the Summit:

“Steven and I are excited for this opportunity to network with other tech startup companies. Since many of the startups there probably face or have faced a lot of similar problems that we do, it will be great to learn from the other ventures’ experiences and apply new strategies in growing our business.”

We can’t wait to hear about Jake and Steven’s experiences, and to utilize the knowledge and networks they gain from participating in this incredible event.

To learn more about the Dublin Web Summit, you can visit their website at: http://www.websummit.net/

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The FlashFood Blog has moved!

Hello Everyone!

Our blog is now on our website at http://flashfoodrecovery.com/blog/. From this point on, we will not have any new posts on this site (flashfoodasu.wordpress.com), and by Friday we will shut down this site. Don’t worry, our site has all of archived posts in case you want to take a look!

Thanks for your continued visits!

-Jake

Eric presents at Ignite@ASU

Last night, Eric, FlashFood’s Executive Director, along with about a dozen other Arizona State University students, gave an engaging and insightful presentation at Ignite@ASU. The format and style of Ignite is modeled after the renowned Ted Talks, where speakers use timed powerpoint slide shows and are allotted roughly twenty minutes to present. However, instead of twenty minutes, each Ignite presenter only has five minutes to tell their story. The Ignite tagline, and philosophy, is “enlighten us, but make it quick”.

Eric’s talk focused on the problems of food waste and hunger in America, but he emphasized the impact that many people in our communities are making through food rescue, which involves recovering extra food from food service and retail businesses and donating it to hungry. He also brought up a very important point; most food is wasted along the supply chain before even reaching restaurants and grocers.  It ‘s crucial that we adopt innovative long-term strategies to mitigate the problem of food waste all along the supply chain, and we need more innovators to create solutions.

He concluded his speech with an inspiring call to action for everyone in the audience; pick one problem that bothers you more than anything else, and think of new and creative ways to solve it.

To see videos of past Ignite@ASU presentations, check out their site. We should have a video of Eric’s talk posted soon!

Think-Eat-Save Campaign

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This week the United Nations Environmental Program and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN launched the Think-Eat-Save Campaign. The goal of this campaign is to raise global awareness about the problem of food waste, and to provide ordinary people with educational resources on how to reduce food waste. Here at FlashFood we are excited to see that the UN has recognized that food waste is a HUGE problem in the global food system, and we think that the campaign’s website has some great resources for everyday people looking to reduce their own  food waste stream. Check it out!

Ten Ways to Fight Hunger

For Arizona State University’s participation in the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl (go Devils!), ASU asked us to create a list of our ten favorite ways to fight hunger. If you missed our list, don’t worry-we will post our entire top ten on the FlashFood blog! This post covers options one through three. What are some of your favorite ways to fight hunger? Let us know by leaving a comment!

1. Organize a canned food drive with your coworkers. Using an existing network of colleagues is a relatively easy way to mobilize a food drive. A good way to get co-workers involved is to send out a company-wide email letting them know the details of your food drive and instruct them drop the food off at the office. Local food charities will often pick up the food if given advance notice of donations. Taking this approach a step further to get even more food, try splitting up your office into teams and have a contest to see who can bring in the most cans. Assign points per can based on its type of food, as certain foods are needed more by pantries than others. Fun-spirited food drive competitions have potential to become memorable, yearly office traditions.

2. Go Halfsies. On average, American diners leave 17% of their meals uneaten at the restaurant, and only take about half of that percentage home as leftovers. This is a significant problem for America, as food is the highest waste stream in our landfills. Halfsies is an innovative organization seeking to solve this problem while at the same time feeding the hungry. Here’s how it works: Participating Halfsies restaurants give diners the option to “Go Halfsies” on certain meals. By going Halfsies, diners pay the full price for  the meal they order, but are only served a half portion of their meal. Half of what they pay is donated to Halfsies, with 60% of funds supporting local hunger charities and 30% going to global hunger charities. So, the next time you are at restaurant and don’t feel like you are hungry enough to eat a whole meal, consider “Going Halfsies”!

3. Citrus Gleaning. The Valley of the Sun has a lot of citrus trees! If you have citrus trees in your yard, consider taking your extra fruit to a local food bank. Sometimes, food charities, including St. Mary’s Food Bank and United Food Bank, organize volunteer groups that travel to homes to glean extra citrus. Contact your local foodbank to see how you can help!

-Jake