Every day in America, they waste 3X more food than there are mouths to feed. It is not a lack of food that's the issue, but rather an ineffective distribution of that food. Hunger is not a scarcity problem, it's a logistics problem. For the first time ever, they can effectively donate prepared and highly perishable food to those who need it when they need it most. Copia is a for-profit company that has built technology allowing food donors (e.g., food management companies like Compass Group, corporate cafeterias, universities, hospitals, grocers, caterers etc.) to easily request pickups of their surplus food, have it matched, and safely delivered to non-profits in need. With Copia, partnering businesses can now seamlessly access significant tax savings, dramatically reduce food waste through data and analytics on surplus, and remove CO2 from the atmosphere, all while feeding the neediest in their community. We have recovered over 5,500,000 pounds of edible food from landfills and provided businesses and nonprofits with over $21M in savings. We are currently on our way to feeding over 5 million people with great food that would have otherwise been wasted!
As the founder of Copia, Komal intelligently solved the complex logistics associated with the redistribution of perishable excess food to nonprofits in need. Copia’s technology dramatically reduces food waste and ends hunger. Copia will feed 5M people and provide businesses and nonprofits with over $21M in savings. Entrepreneur magazine names Komal as one of the Most Powerful Women in the World. She is on Forbes 30 Under 30 and was recently honored with the Nelson Mandela Humanitarian Award.