Food Cowboy uses mobile technology to connect food companies with
charities and composters so wholesome surplus food doesn’t go to waste. In
so doing, we help feed 50 million hungry Americans, protect the environment,
and help donors collect nearly $1 billion in special tax deductions.!
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Food waste is a human, environmental and 3
economic problem that affects every community!
60 million tons of food worth
over $100 billion is wasted
each year by retailers and
49 million people, including
8.3 million children, were
food insecure in 2012!
28 percent of landﬁll volume
is comprised of food waste,
which generates methane, a
potent greenhouse gas!
Consumers spend twice as
much to buy the food!
they waste as the government
spends on food stamps!
Food insecure people eat less fresh produce and!
experience higher rates of diabetes, hypertension and obesity!
Food Cowboy was founded by two brothers who have been rescuing
fresh produce for over 20 years and an expert in nutrition, public policy
and emergency food systems.!
Roger Gordon—entrepreneur, former nonproﬁt executive
director (Urban Solutions, San Francisco). MBA, Kellogg; JD
Barbara Cohen, Ph.D., MPH—nutrition and emergency food
systems expert; author of USDA’s Community Food Security
Toolkit (Top Ten download on USDA.gov)!
Richard Gordon—trucker, terminal manager, 25 years’
experience transporting fresh produce; FEMA responder to
every major East Coast and Gulf Coast disaster since 1993!
Robert Egger – founder, DC Central Kitchen and LA Kitchen !
General Mike Mulqueen, USMC (Ret.) – former executive director,!
Greater Chicago Food Depository!
Professors Peter Clarke and Susan Evans – USC; founders,!
From the Wholesaler to the Hungry!
Amy Dickie – senior associate, California Environmental Associates;
previously with Investors’ Circle!
Kai Robertson – led Business for Social Responsibility’s Beverage &
Agriculture advisory practice!
Arnaud Sahuguet, Ph.D. – Google.org!
Michael Virga – former executive director, U.S. Composting Council !
USDA Technology Innovation Council!
The USDA has invited Food Cowboy to form a publicprivate partnerships to search for other technological
solutions to food waste in the supply chain!
Is your business doing something
creative to reduce food waste?!
Do you know an innovative technology
for growing, processing, distributing or
selling food that could reduce waste? !
Let us know so we can tell the world.!
Food Cowboy focuses on recovering!
fresh food from the supply chain …!
4 Billion Pounds/Year!
• Higher value!
• More perishable!
• Larger lot sizes!
• Professionally handled !
• Already in transit!
so it doesn’t end up in dumpsters and landﬁlls …!
Food waste is a difﬁcult problem to solve!
because “waste” means different things to different people!
To a business, waste is …!
spending money on unsellable inventory !
To a charity, waste is …!
throwing away wholesome food!
To an environmentalist, waste is …!
throwing anything organic into a landﬁll!
To an accountant, waste is …!
leaving tax beneﬁts on the table!
To an economist, waste is …!
needlessly consuming natural resources!
But logistically, all food waste is caused by three factors …!
Food is expensive to move. If transportation!
costs exceed market price, it can’t get to market.!
Transport or Not?
Food is risky. As food moves!
closer to market, the seller’s risk increases. !
• Channel Integrity!
• Legal Liability!
• Brand Exposure!
Food is about national relationships!
Major Food Distribution Routes (USDA)!
The supply chain is national so relationships are national!
Food companies use technology to manage!
costs, risks and relationships. Charities don’t.!
• Electronic Data Interchange (EDI)!
• Freight Management Systems (FMS)!
• Computerized Data Acquisition!
• Global Positioning Systems (GPS)!
• Radio Frequency ID (RFID)!
• Satellite Tracking !
• Trip Recorders!
• Remote Sensing!
• Little brand exposure!
• Insured or judgment proof!
• Established supply lines!
• No competition!
• Little money for technology!
This logistics gap makes it difﬁcult!
to donate fresh and prepared foods efﬁciently*!
The gap is all about technology – donors use it but charities don’t!
* "More fresh produce is wasted in the supply chain!
"in 19 days than is donated to charities in one year!
Requirements of a large-scale food recovery system!
• Must employ modern logistics technology!
– Charities must look and feel like real supply chain partners!
• Must involve smaller charities and logistics partners!
– Maximizes efﬁciency and gets food closer to where it’s needed!
• Must offer solutions for disposing of organic waste!
– “Cherry-picking” too inefﬁcient for high-speed supply chain!
• Must work nationally and at scale!
– Efﬁciency requires 100% availability and signiﬁcant throughput!
– Culture change requires enough participants to get past tipping point!
Food Cowboy’s basic system: A tool for!
truckers who get stuck with “kicked” shipments!
❸ Food Cowboy searches database
and notiﬁes the best/closest food
charities through the app!
❷ The trucker posts
shipment and next
destination on Food
❶ A delivery is refused!
❹ A food bank can accept,
decline or route to agency!
❺ Food Cowboy sends
routing info to the trucker!
❻ The charity conﬁrms delivery!
❼ Food Cowboy sends
receipt and tax paperwork to
Food Cowboy charges food banks ten cents per pound for supply chain donations
– less than half what they currently pay in shipping fees for produce donations#
Real time donation and disposal solutions delivered in the cloud!
‘Like Match.com for food waste’ – Modern Farmer!
Food Cowboy can also help supermarkets and restaurants !
donate fresh and prepared foods to local charities!
ü Food Safety!
ü Brand Risk!
ü Food Safety Tools!
ü Online Scheduling!
ü Menu Uploading!
ü Volunteer Tracking!
ü Performance Ratings!
ü Social Media Recognition!
Food Cowboy supports sustainable food!
economies by routing organic “assets” to their best users!
Food Cowboy also helps donors access tax!
beneﬁts that today often cost more than they are worth!
Food companies may deduct their costs plus ½
their “lost” profits when they donate inventory*
q Nearly $1 billion in special tax
deductions go unused!
q Efﬁciency losses prohibit
making small donations!
q High administrative costs !
ü Logistics tools reduce
ü Online receipting and reporting
reduce administrative costs!
*IRS Code §170(e)(3)(A)
Food Cowboy makes it more proﬁtable to !
donate than to dump unmarketable inventory!
Next Step: The Great Food Roundup – A two-part!
“surge” to jump start a new solution to food waste!
capacity, so …!
Regional Supply Chain Recovery Pilots!
Supply chain recovery only works if enough companies participate.
Sign up your food bank for a recovery pilot in your state or region and
we’ll support you with logistics tools and a national corporate
Local Food Rescue!
A national campaign to crowdsource a food waste map of America!
“Send us a tip about food waste and we’ll put it on!
the map so local charities can offer their services”!
Who else uses crowdmapping ?#
What can you do with a!
FOOD WASTE MAP?!
• Set up a food rescue route*!
• Send alerts about last-minute!
deals on expiring foods*!
• Invite in-store shoppers to carry
donations to charities near their
• Develop a composting business*!
• Support businesses working to!
reduce local hunger!
"* Working model already exists!
You can’t change the
status quo working
alone. So, if you care
about hunger and
waste, partner up with
us so together we can
help our neighbors. !
If you do your part,
we’ll do ours.!