PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — A program that aims to help people save on groceries and eliminate food waste is now available at certain Stop & Shop locations in and around Providence.
Using the Flashfood app, customers can get a discount of up to 50% off on food products like meat, produce, dairy and baked goods that are nearing their best-by date.
Stop & Shop spokesperson Jennifer Brogan said those dates can range from a few days to a week away.
“There’s definitely time to enjoy, or what you can do with meat and seafood, in particular, is you can pop it in the freezer and use it for later,” she said.
The products are purchased directly through the app, then picked up at the designated area within a participating store.
The program launched Thursday at the following Stop & Shop locations:
- Providence: 850 Manton Ave.
- Providence: 333 West River St.
- Pawtucket: 368-398 Cottage St.
- East Providence: 1925 Pawtucket Ave.
- North Providence: 1128 Mineral Spring Ave.
Brogan said if all goes well at those stores, the program could be added at other locations.
A report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture estimated that in 2010 (the most recent data available), roughly 31% of the country’s food supply available at the retail and consumer levels went uneaten.
Since launching a Flashfood pilot in Worcester earlier this year, Stop & Shop has already reduced food waste by 35,000 pounds, according to Brogan.
“It’s really great in that we’re helping the planet by diverting waste from landfills and getting huge savings,” she added.