Re-Plate is a Berkeley nonprofit that aims to use technology to eliminate food waste and hunger in the community. They collect surplus food donations from businesses and deliver the food to homeless shelters and people in need.
Re-Plate currently acts as a middleman for all transactions and relies on a fleet of drivers to ship food around. As they scale, Re-Plate needs a more direct system for donors and recipients to communicate with each other.
Blueprint’s team is developing an online marketplace for food donations. This system will allow anybody with surplus food — not just businesses — to post a donation and for nearby recipients to claim the donation. Re-Plate’s staff would be able to facilitate the process and monitor the marketplace. Through this system, Re-Plate doesn’t have to manually track each donation, which would allow them to scale to cities across the US and potentially feed thousands of additional individuals.