Hungry and don’t mind eating someone else’s leftovers? There’s an App for that…

If your eyes are bigger than your stomach, then this app might be for you. It’s called Left Over Swap and it brings peer-to-peer leftover sharing to your smartphone.

While it was conceived three years ago as a joke by two University of Michigan students, as time passed the idea became more plausible. In 2013 there are apps and websites to facilitate clothing swaps, housing swaps, furniture swaps, so how unexpected is it really that there’s now a left over swap to help users barter or give away uneaten food?

Take into consideration that 40% of food is wasted, 70% of Americans are overweight and 16% of Americans lack enough food for a healthy lifestyle so Left Over Swap starts to seem a little less crazy. However, diving into a stranger’s unfinished meal could be considered cringe-worthy to many people out there.

“It’s obviously not for everybody,” says Leftover Swap co-founder Dan Newman. “But for as many people who seemingly have a problem with it, there’s people who love the idea.”

The idea is simply this:

Say you have some leftover Chinese food. Take a photo of it and post it to the app’s database. People nearby have the option to trade you something for the food – or just take it off your hands.

Say you’re cheap and hungry. Open the app and pull up the map of available leftovers abundantly surrounding you. Select your eats, arrange for pick-up or delivery and enjoy the remnants of a stranger’s meal they successfully pawned off on you.

Left Over Swap will drop in late August.

The moment I realized I had forced all my friends to watch AfroSquad, I knew that talking about Internet culture was where I was meant to be. Between reddit, Nat&Marie and eating junk food, there's just enough time for my personal blog That is all. That is it. Oh. Instagram: Karmacake


  1. reado

    August 6, 2013 at 1:48 pm

    I guess this app was built using the Seagull customer model

    • karmacakedotca

      August 7, 2013 at 10:24 am

      reado ha, always the witty one aren’t you?

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