Food Cowboy - Technology to End Hunger & Food Waste in America

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Food Cowboy Hate to see good food go to waste? Now there’s an app for that.

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This year, the food industry will throw away millions if tons of fresh fruits and vegetables even while charities will struggle to feed nearly 1 in 10 Americans.

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ROGER VIDEO Hello. I’m Roger Gordon. My brother, Richard, and I, and my best friend from high school, Brett D’Ambrosio, started Food Cowboy last year because we were tired of seeing people go hungry while good food went to waste. Roger Gordon, J.D., MBA, co-founder

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RICHARD VIDEO 1 Fresh produce deliveries get rejected for all sorts of reasons. It might be the wrong color or the wrong shape. Or, it might have gotten slightly bruised in transit or have only a few days of shelf life left. Basically, nobody wants to get stuck with produce consumers won’t buy. Richard Gordon, co-founder, trucking entrepreneur

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Unlike canned and processed foods, fresh produce is hard to donate because it becomes available at the last minute, it’s perishable, and it’s expensive to transport.

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RICHARD VIDEO 2 When a shipment gets rejected, the seller wants to get it off the truck as fast as possible, so the dispatcher will tell the driver to dump it anywhere he can. A lot of drivers will try to find a food bank or a church to take it to but they’re often either closed or out of the way so most of the time the produce just gets dumped. Responder to every hurricane to hit Florida or the Gulf Coast since 1992.

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Food Cowboy uses technology to help shippers donate unmarketable food to charities with minimal cost or delay

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Brett Video 1: When a shipment gets rejected, the trucker or dispatcher logs on to Food Cowboy dot com, enters the type of produce they have on board, its weight , ripeness, and so on. Then, they enter their current location and next destination. The system looks up suitable charities nearby and along the truck’s route and sends text and e-mail alerts to their warehouse managers. They reply if they can accept the donation, the information gets passed back to the driver, and he or she decides where to deliver the food . We figure we can save over 30 million servings of fruits and vegetables in our first five years. Brett D’Ambrosio, co-founder, CEO, Claresco Corporation

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Food Bank Database __________ Address After Hours Contact Cooler Capacity Disposal Services Earliest Receiving Time Forklifts/Pallet Jack Holiday Hours Latest Receiving Time Nearest Truckstop Overnight Parking Pallet Exchange Performance Rating Rewards Program Participant Travel Time from Interstate

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Roger Video 2 It sounded pretty good to us, so we were surprised to hear from food companies that, even though they get special tax breaks, for donating food … … and even though they’re happy to donate canned goods they’d still rather throw away unsold produce than give it away. They had two reasons.

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Reason 1 “The tax incentives for donating don’t work because the paperwork is a hassle .”

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So we designed an app to automate it “The tax incentives for donating don’t work because the paperwork is a hassle.” Reason 1

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Reason 2 “If our produce gets rejected , we don’t want anyone to know – it’s bad for business.“

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Reason 2 “If our produce gets rejected, we don’t want anyone to know – it’s bad for business.“ Really?

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“If our produce gets rejected, we don’t want anyone to know – it’s bad for business.“ Really? There’s no app for that. Reason 2

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“If our produce gets rejected, we don’t want anyone to know – it’s bad for business.“ Our solution: Don’t publicize our donor list and don’t use the “r” word. Reason 2 Really? There’s no app for that.

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Food Cowboy charges food companies fees based on what they save on taxes and disposal costs . We never charge truckers or charities .

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Video: Landfill Waste Voice Over (Roger): Food Cowboy also addresses the growing problem of food waste in landfills. Americans throw 80 million tons of food into landfills each year, where it contaminates groundwater and generates methane, which is a powerful greenhouse gas. Methane can be harvested to heat homes and power vehicles, but first we need to start collecting food waste on a much larger scale.

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a classic chicken and rotten egg problem

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example : Food Cowboy | Philadelphia 430,000 food pantry clients 2,500 restaurants 1,800 supermarkets and grocery stores 100 catering companies 95 employers with over 2,000 employees 25 major colleges and universities VO: Roger: Food Cowboy’s solution is to set up regional food and waste exchanges that local restaurants, gardeners, farmers, and others can use whenever they have or need food or food waste … sort of like craigslist , but for food. The EPA invited us to develop a pilot exchange in Philadelphia later this year.

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ROGER VIDEO 3 So that’s Food Cowboy – technology to reduce hunger and pollution by reducing food waste. Please join us by ordering a gift for yourself or your family today and let people know you’re not satisfied with business as usual. With your help, we could be up and running by Thanksgiving and help feed millions of people next year.

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Thank you ! About Us

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About Us ROGER GORDON small businessman nonprofit director undergrad, MIT & Boston University MBA, Kellogg J.D., Georgetown RICHARD GORDON trucking entrepreneur terminal manager driving instructor-trainer emergency responder since 1992 BRETT D’AMBROSIO CEO and Chief Systems Architect Claresco Corporation food ministry chef and caterer roger@foodcowboy.com Advisors

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Advisory Board Gen. Mike Mulqueen, USMC (Ret.) Former Executive Director, Greater Chicago Food Depository Rick Bella Executive Director, Fresh Hope Produce Former Dir. of Procurement, Feeding America Sam Burshstein Author and Professor of Entrepreneurship Former consultant, Boston Consulting Group Peter Clarke Susan H. Evans Professors , University of Southern California Founders, From Wholesalers to the Hungry Barbara Cohen, PhD, MPH Author, U.S.D.A. Community Food Security Assessment Toolkit Kai Robertson Sustainability Consultant, Business for Social Responsibility Karen Smilowitz Professor of Engineering, Northwestern Univ. Founder, Humanitarian Logistics Initiative Michael Virga Executive Director U.S. Composting Council

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special thanks to Samson Balekier Lamberepro Studios Chris Fiffie Instant Images Production Company Keith Dengenis Ideas Across photo credits

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