One of the best examples of a food platform is Farmigo. Farmigo is an online farmers’ market that connects consumers, workplaces, schools, apartment complexes and community centers directly to local farms. The company is a certified B Corporation and has raised $8 million in financing. Farmigo started out providing technology for CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) farms across america to connect them to local communities and helping them deliver produce to over 100,000 families. In December 2012, the company launched Farmigo food communities which leverages their existing relationships with farms to accelerate the adoption of an “alternative food system” beyond the current 1% participating in CSAs.
Using technology and a community-based business model, Farmigo connects local farms directly to consumers through food communities—such as workplaces, schools, apartment complexes and community centers. According to Upstart Business Journal, food communities are started and led by community Organizers who serve as catalysts for an alternative food system. Organizers sign-up through Farmigo’s website, encourage members to join their food community and work with regional Farmigo representatives to manage delivery and pick up to their site. According to Fast Company, once a food community is established, members can order their selection online from a variety of local farms and have it delivered weekly or bi-weekly to their food community site. Farmigo coordinates with complimentary local farms located within 100 miles of a community to deliver food harvested within 48 hours of drop off.
Copia is another example of a food platform. Based in California it uses technology to connect donnas with communities in need, it uses technology to streamline the process of food donation and distribution, enabling the providers to receive enhanced tax deductions and reduce disposal costs, while effortlessly feeding those in need. A huge aspect of Copia is the app. The founder Komal Ahmad talks about it as such: “I think of Copia as the Uber for food recovery, so you just launch the app, you tell us your pickup location and you tell us how much food you have and how many trays it will fill and you just post it and our algorithm will then match that amount of food to the nearest non profit that are in need along with a driver that will come pick up the food, and then as a full circle we will tell you how many people you have fed and testimonials from the actual people, so you get to see what two minutes of your time using Copia actually did.”
Likewise VizEat is another example of a food platform which is present in over 60 countries. This platform allows tourists to enjoy the customary specialty of some place by paying online and then can enjoy the food being offered at the host’s home. VizEat calls itself a “trusted community marketplace for people to offer, discover and book authentic meals in local homes around the world.