Feb 13, 2023 - Things to Do

Fight food waste in Miami at discount rates with Too Good to Go

A person is pictured holding a bag of surplus food from the company Too Good To Go.

Enjoy Miami favorites like El Bagel and Panther Coffee at a discounted price. Photo: Courtesy of Too Good To Go

What happens to restaurants' leftover food at the end of the day?

  • You can now buy it at a discount with a smartphone app that launched in Miami last week.

What's happening: Too Good To Go, founded in Denmark and operating in several U.S. cities, has partnered with 65 food vendors in Miami to sell unsold food to users at a third of the price.

Why it matters: The app connects budget-minded consumers with sustainability-minded businesses to provide affordable meals while reducing food waste.

  • Nearly 40% of all food in America is wasted, according to Feeding America.
  • In Miami, food prices were up 8.8% last December, compared with 2021.

How it works: When you download the app, you can purchase a "surprise bag" of surplus food from whatever restaurant you choose.

  • You don't know what you'll get, but the restaurant will usually give you an idea of what kind of food it is, like baked goods. A recent search in Miami Beach found all bags cost between $4 and $7.
  • The vendor will also give you a pick-up window, usually in the evening. You pay via the app, not at the store.

What they're saying: The "app invites consumers to be a proactive part of the solution to end food waste, eat great food for a great price while supporting local businesses," Chris MacAulay, the company's U.S. managing director, told Axios in a statement.


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