I’m not sure when posting pictures of your food became such a thing. I think it has something to do with a combination of things – the popularity of food/recipe blogging, the rise of being a foodie as a hobby, and the fact that most people carry a camera phone linked to instagram in their pocket. I happen to be lucky enough to live in a city where the food is amazing. I can eat Thai, Russian, French or American in any given week, and frequent places that specialize in making one thing awesome (think Potatopia, Rice to Riches, Taquitoria). At many a dinner, I have been interrupted-about to take my first bite- by a friend who wanted to take a photo of our spread, and promptly upload our dinner to the web for the world to see.
Now this little habit we seem to have developed as a culture can help solve one of the world’s major problems, child hunger. Feedie, a new app will donate money to The Lunchbox Fund every time you take a photo of your food at one of the participating restaurants and upload it using their app. And the bonus? It’s totally free for you. The money comes from Feedie’s restaurants who cover the cost of the donation. The Lunchbox Fund will then translate your photo into real food delivered to school children in South Africa, and I have a feeling that if they get enough support they would expand worldwide. The best part is that it’s restaurants you (or at least I) would want to eat at anyway with participants including Babbo, Buddakan, Otto, The Spotted Pig, The Breslin, and tons more. Check out the Feedie site for the full list of restaurants participating, and go download the app already. Work towards helping people with something you’re doing already. It couldn’t be any easier!