A human-centered design project of Design for America-NYU, The NYU FREEdge is a smart community refrigerator, where students, faculty and staff are invited to share and receive food. The aim of the project is to foster community engagement and trust and to create a movement around food sharing, reducing the environmental footprint from food wastage and provide food for those in need.
The NYU FREEdge provides the NYU community with an easy way to share food. With NYU’s high tuition and high cost of living in New York, there are many students who find it difficult to afford food. NYU, through its various initiatives makes available enough food to feed all of its students through events and workshops. However, so much of it goes to waste every single day. The NYU FREEdge team is committed to redirecting this food, whether it be from individuals, events, clubs, etc. to members of the community that may be struggling with food insecurity.
The NYU FREEdge is a project that received the NYU Prototyping Fund Phase 1 ($500) in Fall 2016. It was also awarded the Phase 2 grant ($2000) in Spring 2017.
At the end of the Spring 2017 term, the team consisted of Simon Chen, Tandon ‘18; Emma Hoffman, Gallatin ‘18; Rodney Lobo, Tandon ‘17; Vandit Maheshwari, Tandon ’18; Michael Niamehr, Tandon ‘19 and Tuba Naziruddin, Tandon ‘18.
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