1/13/16 update from FoodShare:
Jimmy John’s, a gourmet sandwich shop with over 2,000 nationwide locations, has partnered with FoodShare in the St. Louis region with six of its franchise locations signed up so far. This marks the first chain restaurant on the app, and signals that FoodShare is gaining momentum.
Junior Andrew Glantz created an app that is now a finalist in the Mobileys, a national competition that honors entrepreneurs who make a difference through mobile innovation.
His app, Foodshare, allows users to donate a meal for every meal purchased at a participating restaurant just by taking a picture of their meal with the app. Then, Foodshare donates a meal to Operation Food Search. The app launched Oct. 1 and already has donated more than 800 meals.
“Signing on with FoodShare transforms a restaurant into a social enterprise,” Glantz says. “You show that you are a socially engaged member of the community. And you increase your social media presence. There are a lot of branding and promotional benefits.”
Glantz is currently studying entrepreneurship at Olin Business School. He plans to stay in St. Louis after graduation and hopes to expand FoodShare to other markets. He sees his education at Washington University in St. Louis as an important part of his success.
“My businesses classes have given me the real-world lessons that I apply everyday. My ArtSci classes are important too,” Glantz said. “Being an entrepreneur requires creativity as well as business skills, and you never know what will be helpful…Right now I’m in a political science course and a children studies course. Do I know how those are going to impact me for FoodShare? No. But they will have added and unknown influences to my thinking and perspective”.
Also on the Foodshare team is WashU senior Jacob Mohrmann.
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