This is Oscar Ekponimo, an entrepreneur and a software engineer.
Oscar’s motivation to feed the hungry comes from the fact that he could stare at the kitchen cupboard for so long as a kid, hoping for food to magically appear.
His poor background meant only one substantial meal every two days. But mum’s words gave him hope. Oscar narrates to Time:
“My mom used to remind us that the hunger was not forever. That always kept me going.”
Fast forward to him being a grown up, Oscar Ekponimo is feeding the hungry through a simple app and this is how it works.
1. The app is called Chowberry.
2. It connects grocery stores and supermarkets to NGOs and charity organizations.
3. This helps to use leftover food in a convenient way.
4. If food items are nearing the end of their shelf life, the app alerts on a discount sale. The discount increases as the unsold food gets closer to its shelf life.
5. NGOs and charities are alerted on these discounts. Sometimes they get alerts on free foods too.
6. Food that could have gone bad gets used by orphanages and people who need them but can’t afford.
The system has helped cut down the cost of some orphanages by 70%. Brilliant.