Good News for a Friday

Bad news gets the banner headlines, and often good news slides under the radar. Here are a few stories I stumbled on this week that deserve a wider audience. Leftover Swap is an app that lets you post a photo of extra food you’ve made in the hopes that a local swapper will enjoy it. The app debuts on August 30. “Simply fire up LeftoverSwap, view the available leftovers around you, make your selection, and arrange for pick-up or delivery. Your cheap, local, and community-oriented meal is waiting,” says the website. [Thanks, Margaret Badore, for highlighting this on Treehugger.com.] Young Designer Develops System to Help People on Autism Spectrum Prepare Meals Amanda Savitzky’s brother has Autism Spectrum Disorder, and she decided to design a meal-prep method that would be less confusing for him and help him become more independent. Gathering and measuring ingredients can be confusing for people with ASD, and the kitchen is awash with sounds, smells, noises, and other sensations that can overwhelm. “Amanda focused on these specific issues and designed a solution that built in routine and repetition, utilized color and shape cues for visual learning, integrated tactical feedback for positive reinforcement and acted as a supportive system for both teacher and studen,” writes Taz Loomans on Inhabitots.com. Nonprofit Grocery Store? Yup! Redwood Empire Food Bank in Santa Rosa, California, opened its Value Market store to low-income families this week. Brand-name products are sold at affordable prices, and fresh fruit, vegetables, and dairy items will be offered, too. [via KRCB Radio]

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