I grew up often not knowing where my next meal was coming from. Orphaned at the age of 10, I grew up in foster homes and often had to rely on external support during my childhood.
I spent some time on the streets and relied heavily on charities for food and support. I have always wanted to help people who are in the same hard situation that I faced while growing up.
I am now focused on paying it forward through technology. In February 2016, I founded Feedmee — a social enterprise for food discovery that lets people donate to food charities.
The Feedmee App works like Tinder for food, where users can choose from restaurant and recipe options. Each time someone buys a meal through the app, Feedmee donates money to food rescue charities such as OzHarvest and SecondBite to help them distribute food to people in need.
We have integration arrangements with UberEATS and Deliveroo, and a partnership with Quandoo. They pay us a referral fee that goes directly to OzHarvest, who collect food waste from commercial food providers and deliver it to people in need.
I chose OzHarvest as our non-profit partner because the money goes directly into feeding the community. We have covered the cost of more than 2,000 meals for people in need since we launched the app around 10 months ago.
I run the company with our chief technical officer Anthony Manning-Franklin and chief operating officer Brenda Lai.
Spacecubed and Telstra’s startup accelerator muru-D run the Plus Eight accelerator program, with support from Seven West Media and Hawaiian. This year the program is supporting six Perth-based startups.