New phone app helps DC residents avoid food waste


By AFRO Staff

District Taco, the famous chain of Mexican-style restaurants in Washington, DC, has decided to tackle food waste and poverty.

Using a phone app created by tech-for-good company Too Good To Go, the restaurant will offer ‘goodie bags’ that can be purchased on the platform and available for pick-up 30 minutes before close of business. at participating institutions.

“We support our city’s zero waste goal of 80% waste diversion by 2032 and do our best to help our community achieve it,” said Chris Medhurst, COO of the District of Taco, in a statement. “We plan to roll this out to all District Taco locations by the end of the month to do our part to give back to our community.”

The zero waste goal should be 80% by 2032, as proposed by District Taco COO Chris Medhurst. (Photo by Marek Studzinski on

The Too Good To Go app gives restaurants and hotels a space to offer their daily food surplus at dramatically reduced prices. Using this method, Too Good to Go has distributed around 129 million meals globally from different locations, including bakeries and supermarkets.

District Taco took advantage of Earth Day, which fell on April 22, to announce the partnership with Too Good To Go. around $12.

Customers using the Apple Store on iOS devices and Google Play on Android phones can browse participating locations, reserve and pay for a surprise bag on the app. The bags are composed of various contents and can change from day to day. Customers pick up their luggage at a specific time.

“We are excited to partner with District Taco to expand our food waste management solution throughout the DMV,” said Tyler Simmons, US Key Account Manager, in an announcement of District Taco’s partnership. “We’re also proud to help District Taco achieve their zero waste goal, the food was meant to be eaten, and we can’t wait to see the local community save and enjoy this delicious surplus.”

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