Although great in so many ways, technology has made social interactions a lot less personal. It’s become so easy for people now to just communicate through a screen rather than face to face.
But food has always been a constant in keeping people connected. Family lunches, friends over for dinner, there’s nothing more enjoyable than sharing food with people you love. So could combining our love of food with technology help connect communities?
Yes! There has been a recent surge of hyperlocal apps and services encouraging interaction, sharing and solving of global issues by joining people together. Food tech has the power to bring people together and enable wider and deeper human connection.
So here’s a roundup of apps that are connecting communities through food and technology.
Get Old Fashioned with Neighbourly
Neighbourly is a way for individuals, charities and companies to work together on a range of community projects. The app allows local people to reconnect and inspire more good things to happen in their communities. It takes communities back to a time when being neighbourly was the norm.
Users can share a project page which can call for funding, volunteers or food donations. Many big brands such as M&S, Lidl, and Starbucks use Neighbourly as a way to give back to the community in an active way. The app is perfect for anybody that wants to help, whether by offering their time, donations or simply by engaging with good causes.
British Street Food at Your Fingertips
The British Street Food app showcases the best markets and street food across the nation. The app uses GPS tracking to show where traders are located and their available hours.
Users can discover the best rated traders and their special offers. Punters are then encouraged to share reviews and photographs to inspire others. The app is helping to build an improved street food community based on the opinions of the very people that enjoy eating tasty, authentic street food.
Join the Food Sharing Revolution with OLIO
OLIO is an app that connects local shops and neighbours from all walks of life to reduce food waste. Surplus food can be shared with those who will use it, and people are brought together at the same time.
An individual might have some leftovers from a dinner party. Or a shop might have fresh produce that is not going to be sold. But the result is the same – food has another chance of being eaten with OLIO.
These days more and more people care about food waste. So a hyperlocal food sharing network is the perfect opportunity to do something about it. Communities are brought together by preventing food waste, sharing and ensuring everyone has enough to eat.
Too Good To Go (in the Bin)
Be a food waste warrior with the Too Good To Go app and rescue unsold food at a low cost price. Available in the UK and across Europe, the app allows restaurants to sell perfectly good food and meals for a cheaper price. And everyone then gets to enjoy it!
Decreasing the amount of food that ends up in landfills? Bringing people and restaurants together in the fight against food waste? Restaurant quality food, at rock bottom prices? That’s our kind of app!
Find People to Eat with, with Eatwith
Eatwith is a global app offering the opportunity for authentic food experiences and social dining with locals. Users can choose to dine with a choice of hosts in over 200 countries and get a real taste of the local cuisine. It’s a great alternative to dining out at the usual chain restaurants.
Immerse yourself in local food and culture, meet other travellers and hosts, and enjoy a social dining experience like no other. Try brunch in Berlin or a supper club in London. Market tours in Tokyo, cooking classes in Paris. Rooftop grilling in Barcelona, dinner parties in Mexico City. And the app is not only for travellers. Users can also try out the food experiences on offer in their local community.
Enjoy a home cooked meal any day of the week with the Josephine app. Grab a meal or snack cooked with love at home by a neighbour so that you enjoy proper food no matter what your schedule is.
Josephine is only available in the States at the moment, so let’s hope it comes across the pond soon so we can try out our neighbours’ culinary skills.
Indulge in Independent Food with Tabl
Tabl is aiming to “make a world inspired by better food”. It has a growing community of chefs, home cooks, supper club hosts, independent craft food producers, locals and friends.
Those who join the community can share advice and delicious food both online and at local events. Tabl offers the opportunity to plan meals, discover independent food, and attend nights out where you can meet new people over a tasty meal.
Connecting Communities Through Food One Plate at a Time
These apps encourage us to make more of an effort with our local community. Food is a great way to bring people together, and good food tastes even better when shared.
These food-tech concoctions have the potential to grow a neighbourhood’s solidarity by connecting and strengthening the community vibes through a love of food. Count us in.