NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) - At the end of the night at a busy restaurant, countless pounds of food usually go to waste.

Now a popular app service is doing its part to take that food to people who need it.

It’s the most productive food fight you’ll ever hear about, an idea that came to life on one street in California.

“It just really caught fire,” said Kelsey Fromal, Global Community Engagement Manager for Postmates.

The idea made its way to Nashville in January 2019, Postmates delivering leftovers to people who need it most.

“About an hour before closing, they will receive a little pop-up notification reminding them not to let any food go to waste and to donate using FoodFight!” Fromal said.

About 30 minutes later, a Postmate driver will pick up the delivery and take it to a local shelter.

“They are so thankful for this, and they're honestly surprised something like this hasn't existed before,” said Fromal. “This is very unique and something that we are definitely paving the way for.”

Currently 3,000 restaurants participate in the FoodFight! program around the country.

“Thousands of pounds of food is delivered that would otherwise be in a landfill,” Fromal said.

Postmates has plans to expand donations to transitional housing locations and to indicate which restaurant your ordering from is giving back in the app.

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Rebecca Cardenas is a Murrow-award winning journalist who joined News4 as a reporter in September 2017. She currently covers the court systems in Middle Tennessee.

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