Phone app to help Philly restaurants donate food

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A phone app that was successful during the Democratic National Convention is getting a permanent home  in Philadelphia. 

The app is called Food Connect and is designed to match restaurants or caterers that have extra meals with organizations that can give it to those in need.  

Mitchell Little, executive director of the mayor’s Office of Community Empowerment and Opportunity, says a trial run during the DNC was very successful.

“In only eight days, eight days between July 21st and July 29th, Operation Food Rescue recovered 11,238 pounds of food,” Little said.

Mayor Jim Kenney says the app is an extension of his grandmother’s distaste for throwing away food.

“I always remember my grandmother saying that’s a sin, it’s a sin to throw that away,” Kenney said, “and I think she was like that because she was a Depression-era child.”

The app is intended for those with large amounts of extra food, not for individuals with a plate of leftovers.

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