Model & Strategy

Replate envisions a world where everyone has access to nutritious food, and no food goes to waste. As a nonprofit food rescue organization, Replate creates technology and activates community to reliably redistribute surplus food. Replate leverages the existing systems gig economy to create jobs in the cities they operate in. Replate’s focus on technology and data allows their donor clients to track the amount of food they’re donating, so they can understand the positive impact they’re having on the environment as well as on their community. By redirecting edible and nutritious food to people rather than to the waste stream, Replate is helping to cut methane emissions from landfills, save water that goes into producing food, and create nutritious meals for community members experiencing food insecurity.

 

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At a Glance
Founded: 2016
Founder & CEO: Maen Mahfoud
Food & Agriculture
Location of work: Domestic
Replate
315 14th St
Oakland , CA 94612
Everyone eats!
3 men work together to push a cart of replated meals
Maen Mahfoud replate founder
Meet Maen Mahfoud

After coming to the U.S. from Syria to pursue medicine at UC Berkeley, Maen Mahfoud was shocked to see the level of poverty and hunger that is so ubiquitous across the Bay Area. When he learned that the U.S. wastes 40 percent of the food produced and saw so many people around him struggling to get a meal, he was inspired to make a change. Maen recognized that food waste is a solvable problem and that what people consider “waste” is oftentimes still edible and nutritious food. He decided to start reaching out to companies himself and pick up their surplus food to donate to nearby nonprofits.

Impact

To date, Replate has recovered 2.7M pounds of food, created 2.2M meals, and created 48 meaningful jobs.

Replate has saved 748M gallons of water and diverted 5.6M pounds of CO2 from the atmosphere.

  • We are proud to work with many great brands, who donate food from their offices to support social impact initiative… https://t.co/DTTfLVmXj7
  • Great tips for working to work from @Cater2me! https://t.co/NujRUuYNIA
  • There are many ways to prevent good food from going to waste...and one of those is Replate! We work with businesses… https://t.co/arFCQWXB2m
  • Thanks to our awesome partner @fraichekiosk for showing us the latest in food tech + sustainability, and donating a… https://t.co/kidkkUlhx8
  • RT @refed: Less than 10% of excess food is donated rather than wasted! Through policy revisions, creating alternative markets, and strength…
  • Even if you don't still read the newspaper, there are other ways of putting it to good use! #zerowaste #upcycle
  • If you're going back into the office this year, consider how you can be more sustainable and give your team a posit… https://t.co/gPb2L7YwvQ
  • Replate's made the shortlist of projects who could win up to $100K in funds for our campaign to create a world that… https://t.co/48TjW4Zr2K
  • RT @MaenSMahfoud: Are brands as sustainable as they claim? https://t.co/17FdI2mIff via @LinkedIn
  • Our July Waste Hater is the whole foods retail company Sun & Swell Foods led by founder & CEO Kate Flynn. The brand… https://t.co/KhQxgVqRq9
  • RT @refed: Reducing #foodloss and #foodwaste and achieving #ZeroHunger will only be possible through cross-sector partnerships. Thank you t…
  • Thanks to @RevolutionFoods for donating 910 pounds of soup and oatmeal today! And to @RescuingCuisine for helping u… https://t.co/zCaF7bpWkY
  • RT @refed: Exciting news! @bamco just released a chef-driven app to reduce food waste, using data from the @refed Insights Engine. The app…
  • Anyone in the mood for gumbo? Okra's in season! Grab some at the farmer's market and share with your community too.… https://t.co/Bn61VUGa4I
  • RT @MaenSMahfoud: Every person and business has a role in countering climate change, even if you don’t think you’re making much of an impac…
  • RT @refed: How can we rethink our food system to #HalveFoodWasteBy2030? Join the RMA and @refed's Exec. Director, @dgunders, on 7/14 to be…
  • RT @Cater2me: It’s “back to the office” season, and we wanted to know what employees and employers really think about their return to the p…
  • Our new donor partner Obour Foods has an incredible story behind it! Founder Elliot Sharifi was working a corporate… https://t.co/3Tpw1J3wKK
  • Thanks to our partners and friends for helping us more than triple our food recovery total this past month! We were… https://t.co/rT5jFmZfp6