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App lets you donate to food bank with spare change

Posted at 10:26 AM, Jun 22, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-22 11:26:09-04

OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) — What if every time you grocery shopped or ate a meal, the spare change that most of us don't think about could mean the difference for a person eating a much-needed meal?

Every time you go to the grocery store or eat out your spare change of 99 cents and less can automatically go to a local food bank.

"It's essentially a prescription model. When the user first onboards the app they are prompted to link a debit or credit card they use when dining out," explained CEO of Spare USA Andra Tomsa. "It tells you when you have a free drink coming up; it's meant to be a very easy, seemless, in the background of your life."

Along with grocery store and dine in restaurants, take out orders can also be rounded up, and you can also select which food bank you want your spare change to go to.

"Round-ups may seem insignificant, but food banks can convert money into meals the way that we can't and typically a dollar can provide up to five meals for families in need," Tomsa explained.

You can also track your spare change and see how much you have given at any time.

"I really like the idea of being able to use spare change to support a non-profit," said one user, Treyla Lee. "The app was easy to use, and once I set it up everything worked just fine."

During the pandemic, 100% of the money given goes to the food banks.

Food banks see an average of $4,000 a month from spare change round-ups.

The app is relatively new, so they are still looking for food banks to sign up as well as people looking to round up their spare change.

Find the App
www. Spareusa.Org
Also on google play and itunes store - search "Spare hunger"