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New app connects food donors to charities in Egypt

The Tekeya app, which enables hotels, restaurants and markets in Egypt to donate or sell their surplus food, could help charities develop sustainable supplies of meals to the poor.

The Egyptian activist Menna Shahin has a solution for helping to resolve Egypt’s twin problems of fighting hunger and disposing of food waste: register through an app, put your surplus or soon-to-expire food on display and have a charity pick it up and pass it on to people in need.

That app is Shahin's brainchild, Tekeya, which she launched in February. The application allows restaurants and shops to donate or sell at reduced prices their suitable leftovers from banquet tables and shelves. Supermarkets can donate food about to expire, and starred hotels can give away unconsumed food from events held on their premises. The charities that pick up the donations from shops, restaurants, hotels and other donors either distribute the food to the poor directly or use it to put together meals they then serve in their kitchens.

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