Ariel University student develops food saving app | The Jewish Press – JewishPress.com | Hana Levi Julian | 25 Av 5782 – 21 Aug 2022

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Photo credit: SustainEat website

The SustainEat app created by Ariel University student Daniela Saunyama.

A nutrition science student at Ariel University has developed an app to prevent food waste and “improve well-being”, the school announced on Sunday.

Sophomore Daniela Saunyama, 24, immigrated to Israel from New Jersey and enlisted in the IDF search and rescue squad.

Saunyama pitched the idea for an app to prevent food waste and improve well-being as part of a nutrition and technology class.

After being accepted into the Ariel University Entrepreneurship Center Accelerator, she continued with the idea; the company is currently fundraising and developing the app.

SustainEat is the first app of its kind to offer consumers a fully personalized end-to-end solution focused on sustainability.

“I attended a Zionist Jewish high school and immigrated to Israel on my own when I was 18, where I served as a combat soldier and commander of the search and rescue brigade,” Saunyama said. She added that she was lucky that her parents also recently immigrated to Israel.

“I have always been interested in health and nutrition and their impact on the world and the environment. Each of us can and must contribute to protecting the environment. By tracking our food purchases and the food we already have at home, we can reduce and prevent food waste that causes serious damage to our environment,” she said.

“I found that this type of app was needed in almost every home and every family,” she said.

During the accelerator program, Saunyama met co-founder Avichai Shapiro, an economics and business administration student at Ariel University. The two learned from the program and mentors to develop a business plan.

“We are now moving forward with the project and hope to develop a first product soon,” she added.

The app, called SustainEat, can be used by anyone on their smartphone and provides a solution for managing food and preventing food waste.

The app combines food management with recipe suggestions tailored to user preferences and foods that are nearing their expiration date.

Research shows that around a third of the food consumers buy is then thrown away.

The company aligns its vision with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal of “responsible production and consumption” to participate in global efforts to reduce food waste.

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