In an effort to reduce the environmental impact of food waste, ultrafast grocery delivery provider Getir said it has partnered with Copia, a technology company that connects food donations to local not-for-profits in need.
Through the partnership, surplus food and groceries from Getir’s stores will be delivered to select not-for-profits across its operating regions: New York, Chicago and Boston. The relationship, Getir said, furthers its mission to give back to local communities in the U.S., create a seamless solution for donating surplus food and help combat hunger.
“From the top down, the Getir team is excited to help divert some of the 108 billion pounds of food per year that otherwise gets left in environmentally toxic landfills,” says Langston Dugger, head of operations for Getir. “Working with Copia is a perfect way for Getir to further strengthen our environmental mission in tandem with adding positive food benefits to local citizens.”
Through Copia’s fully automated system, Getir is able to schedule food pickup times, organize which foods to donate, stay compliant with local authorities and manage tax benefits. And since launching with Copia in March, Getir said it has donated 7,485 pounds of edible food, delivered 6,238 meals to local nonprofits, saved 741,000 gallons of water, and diverted 33.5,000 pounds of CO2 emissions.
In late 2021, Istanbul, Turkey-based Getir—which has operations in all 81 cities of Turkey as well as in the U.K., the Netherlands, Germany, France, Spain and Portugal—launched its operations in the U.S. in Chicago, with plans to continue expansion stateside in the coming year. It offers about 2,000 everyday items via its “groceries in minutes” delivery proposition.