FoodDaily Dish

Can I have your leftovers? There's an app for that called LeftoverSwap

RestaurantsDining and DrinkingLifestyle and LeisureApple iPhone

There really seems to be an app for everything. And now, there's one for when you want a bite of someone else's leftovers. 

A company has turned that annoying friend who never orders her own lunch but always wants your leftovers (we all have one of those) into an app called LeftoverSwap. It's aimed at reducing food waste and connecting leftover givers with takers. 

Here's how it works: If you're a giver, simply take a picture of your leftovers, name it and upload it to the app. If you're a taker, browse the leftovers near you and arrange for a pickup or delivery.

The LeftoverSwap website points out food waste problems, and claims 40% of the food we produce goes to waste, 70% of us are overweight and that 99% of us don't need a second helping of the beef lo mein. 

"LeftoverSwap solves all of these problems," reads the description on the site. "LeftoverSwappers don't feel the need to eat an enormous restaurant portion, and instead pass it on to a hungrier neighbor, in turn learning their name and avoiding excess calories."

The intentions behind the app are noble: End world hunger by sharing with your neighbor. But the health department may have something to say about arranging to pick up food from an unknown source and eating it. 

There are no specified rules publicly outlined for the app yet, such as how raw proteins and fish will be handled or whether there is a maximum time frame between when the food is consumed and when it is given as a leftover. 

The app is currently being built and is slated to launch for the iPhone on Aug. 30. 

What do you think? Would you eat leftovers from a stranger? 

ALSO:

Jonathan Gold quiz: A peach quiz before summer fades away

Happy hour at Riviera 31 for blue cheese puffs and $12 martinis

Los Angeles has five of the best new restaurants in the U.S., says Bon Appétit

Copyright © 2014, Los Angeles Times
Related Content
RestaurantsDining and DrinkingLifestyle and LeisureApple iPhone
Comments
Loading