ATLANTA, Ga. (CBS46) -- Tyler Bowser is a development officer at veterans empowerment organization whose mission is to get vets off the street and into homes is their mission.
“Our founder believes that veteran deserves at least a roof over their head and three meals a day,” Bowser said.
Food rescue groups like Goodr helps them feed their veterans.
“The food we receive from Goodr is about 15 to 20 percent of the food we consume here on our campus, so it’s huge,” Bowser said.
Goodr allows businesses and restaurants to donate surplus food to charities and people in need instead of throwing it away. Now it’s partnering with another Atlanta based company called Roadie to rescue even more food.
“Food waste is a terrible thing in our country and it shouldn’t be,” Roadie Head of Business Development Valerie Metzker said.
“The founder of Goodr has always said food rescue, it’s not a food problem, it’s a logistics problem. So when we started talking with them it just seemed like a logical partnership,” Metzker said.
Roadie is a crowd source, same-day delivery platform that works much like ridesharing except drivers are using their cars or trucks to deliver stuff instead of people.
That will now include surplus food from places like the Georgia World Congress Center, Ponce City Market, Turner and others.
“So for example if Chick-fil-A has food at the end of the night Goodr will send us information and say hey there is a pick up at Chick-fil-A,” Metzker said.
“We’ll send a Roadie driver over to Chick-fil-A and Goodr tells us where to take it.”
The rescued food goes to churches, shelters, and non-profits like VEO.
“It’s pretty awesome that some smart people came up with a way to rescue food that was otherwise going to end up in a landfill, can land here and nourish a veteran that’s trying to get out to a job interview or trying to get to their next medical appointment,” Bowser said.