Perth app developer Tyler Spooner knows what it’s like to really go hungry, WA Today reports.
Orphaned at the age of ten, he grew up in foster homes in New Zealand till he found himself on the streets and relying on charities to survive.
“I got a one way ticket to Australia when I was nineteen, came to Perth and I never looked back,” Mr Spooner told WAtoday.
“But as I got into app development and starting businesses I found that I wanted to give back, because I know what it’s like struggle.”
Noting the rise of mobile apps and delivery services like UberEATS, the 27-year-old co-founded Feedmee with Perth designer Brenda Lai as a ‘Tinder for foodies,’ allowing users to swipe through and choose meals they can order online.
Launched in 2016, Feedmee is integrated with Deliveroo and UberEATS, and for each meal purchased through the app, a portion of the sale is donated to a local Perth charity to provide a meal to someone in need.
Feedmee works with several organisations in Perth including Oz Harvest, which collects excess food from commercial outlets and delivers it to charities to use.
The app has been so successful that it’s just attracted $250,000 of private investment to fund an expansion across Australia.