Would You Eat a Restaurant's Leftovers?

PareUp app hopes to sell what would otherwise be trash

America: land of the free, home of the brave and full of food wasters. We'll keep the national shaming quick, but as a country we waste between 30 and 40 percent of our food. Oops.

Enter PareUp, a new app attempting to stop the waste by selling restaurants' excess food to people at a discounted cost.

As the app decrees, good food is a terrible thing to waste. Conceptually it makes sense: Restaurants can bring in more money by selling more food, and consumers get good food at discounted prices. The big "but": Can it escape the "Gross, I don't want old food!" stigma?

The New York-based app's effects remain to be seen (it launches early this fall, but you can sign up now) but they've already partnered with a few coffee shops and bakeries, including Oslo Coffee Roasters and Breads Bakery.  

So the next time you find yourself finishing your friend's sandwich, think of PareUp. One restaurant's trash could be your next meal.