Best Ideas 2018 features all the nominated entries submitted to the Youth Citizen Entrepreneurship Competition under ‘Submit your Idea’ category. All the entries consist of innovative solution or proposition for an enterprise that champions the Sustainable Development Goals. They can be on the conceptual, planning, or start-up stage. If you want to know the 10 finalists in this category, click HERE
Explain your idea in details:
The main objective of "Rescue Food" is to prevent food from being wasted and thrown away by giving it to homeless shelters and food banks that can use the food further. The Bill Emerson Good Samaritan Food Donation Act protects food donors when donating to organizations with good intent. The best way to connect food donors and receivers is by using an app because technology is the most realistic way of connecting people together. This app will notify food receivers if there is a food donor within 25 miles of them that are willing to donate food. A food receiver can easily accept and pick up the food using the donor's contact information that the app will provide. One potential hitch in this plan is that there must be a moderator that can regulate the app and make sure everyone lines up with the information that they have entered into the app. This can be done easily by using the town/city hall in the respective city that the food donor/receiver resides in. Or the app can simply verify information by using the internet. Some qualities that this app will have is easy access on android or apple store, and a clean visual interface that allows for quick navigation.
Expected impact of your idea on sustainable development
This app will definitely impact sustainable development in a positive manner. The main goal of the app is to prevent food waste. Currently, fruits and vegetables, plus roots and tubers have the highest wastage rates of any food. Global quantitative food losses and waste per year are roughly 30% for cereals, 40-50% for root crops, fruits, and vegetables, 20% for oilseeds, meat, and dairy plus 35% for fish. These statistics show that food waste is a major problem across our globe. 'Rescue Food' will make it a priority that food is given to people who need it (homeless shelters, orphanages, etc.) and that food will be conserved rather than thrown away. Every year, the United States throws away one-third of all the food it produces 133 billion pounds of food. And grocery stores are responsible for tossing 10% of that food. If we can save that 10% of food that grocery stores are responsible for throwing away, we are already making a huge difference. But we will go beyond that, and make sure that stores and restaurants across the country (and even internationally) can rescue the food that they are currently throwing away. Sources - http://www.businessinsider.com/why-grocery-stores-throw-out-so-much-food-2014-10 http://www.fao.org/save-food/resources/keyfindings/en/
Plans for implementation and sustainability
"Rescue Food" will be a nonprofit organization. Most of the financial burden will be in operating the app, and this can be paid using donations. "Rescue food" can potentially collaborate with many different organizations. The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations can definitely partner with "Rescue Food" to help moderate and regulate the transactions made through the app. Many major nonprofit organizations such as UNICEF could potentially partner with the app as well, and some of the food that is conserved could be given to UNICEF bases near the food donors.
My name is Devishi Jha, and I am a 15-year-old high school student living in Indiana. 2 years ago, my family and I went to India to visit our extended family. I remember myself sitting in the car at a red light when a girl around 6 hesitantly knocked on our car window for some money. Just as I was about to open the window, the light turned green. As we drove away, I turned back and saw the girl crying on the side of the road. My heart broke as hope left the little girl's eyes, and I knew that I would never let something like that happen again. My motivation stems from that little girl, and since then I've strived to make a difference in my community to help conserve food waste and save lives. I am a member of my school's speech and debate team, as well as our high school UNICEF club. I am a lover of mathematics and computer skills, and my goal is to use those skills to make a difference in our growing world.