Stop and Shop teams up with Flashfood app to reduce food waste and save shoppers money

The app allows the grocery chain to list items for sale that are approaching their sell-by date, at a discount, to prevent those items from ending up in the landfill.

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE) – When items on grocery store shelves get close to their sell-by date, they can become increasingly difficult to sell, and often end up getting tossed.  That’s where a new app called Flashfood comes in.

Josh Domingues is Flashfood’s Founder and CEO.  Domingues says, “When we go grocery shopping, we’re always reaching at the back for whatever has the longest shelf life.  So, the near-dated stuff moves to the front, and we don’t take it, so they have to get rid of it.”

Although donating that food is an option, it’s not always feasible.

Domingues says, “It’s a really tough logistical challenge to donate all of your food.  Grocers do a great job donating, but they can’t donate everything.”

That’s where the Flashfood app aims to help out.  Users can download the app, pick out discounted groceries that are getting close to their sell-by date, purchase the items directly through the app, then head to the store and pick up their order.  Stop and Shop is the first grocery chain in Rhode Island to team up with the Flashfood app, hoping to help you save money while keeping food from getting thrown out.

Domingues says, “Most times it ends up in the landfill.  It gets covered by other garbage, and when it rots it doesn’t have any oxygen.  That produces methane gas.  So the statistic is if international food waste were a country, it would be the third leading cause of greenhouse gas emission, behind the US and China.”

The app is available now at five Stop and Shop stores in Providence, North Providence, East Providence, and Pawtucket.  Flashfood’s goal is to expand to more stores and more chains.

Domingues says, “We’re open to partnering with any grocer that will come to the table, really, and help to reduce food waste in this way.”

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