SPARE said its new iPhone application puts diners´ spare change to work, automatically rounding up their dine-out bills to the nearest dollar to feed hungry New Yorkers and contribute to closing the meal gap in New York City.
While each donation is less than one dollar, USD0.99 alone can help feed four New Yorkers.
“There are currently 235 million missing meals in New York City, and nearly one-in-five residents lack reliable access to nutritious food. SPARE poses a solution, hinging on the fact that if 10 percent of New Yorkers round up for a total of USD6 each month, we can close the hunger gap in just one year,” says Andra Tomsa, founder and president of SPARE. “A bit of simple, indisputable math demonstrates the immediate and traceable impact that can be made if New Yorkers work together to fight hunger.”
SPARE donates its proceeds to charities at the frontline of hunger relief, including Food Bank for New York City, City Harvest, Citymeals-on-Wheels and New York City Rescue Mission. SPARE tracks users´ donations and displays their personal impact alongside a real-time tracker of the hunger gap in New York City. Donations are tax deductible, and donors will receive an official year-end record of their donations for tax purposes.