'Olio' is a new app that helps independent grocers share their surplus food with consumers instead of simply throwing it away. While many people are making an effort to reduce food waste, the issue remains a persistent global concern. Now there is a grassroots organization trying to tackle the issue at the local level.
Olio is a UK-based application developed by Tessa Cook and Saasha Celestial-One. The app works by connecting neighbors with independent grocers who have a significant food surplus. Shop owners simply snap a picture of an extra food item and add it to the app. Customers can then browse through these images and select items they wish to take home. Customers can either visit the store to pick up their food or they can have it delivered directly to their home.
In addition to grocery stores, the app is also ideal for cafes and markets who may want to get rid of items that are nearing their sell-by date.