Dynamic Management of Food Redistribution for 412 Food Rescue

This project aims to improve the ability of 412 Food Rescue to use a volunteer network to redistribute and repurpose perfectly good food destined for the waste system to people in need by adding real-time optimization to parts of their operational processes. Specifically, it will use technology modeled on marked-based systems to optimize both the matching of food opportunities, (e.g., food being disposed of by grocery stores) to distribution-focused nonprofits (e.g., a food pantry or soup kitchen) and the assignment of volunteers to transport the food opportunities. The increased efficiency of these processes will result in more capacity in the system (better use of the transportation resources) while providing a more equitable allocation of food to the network of nonprofits involved in food access.


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  • Status: Active
  • Funding: $90000
  • Contract Numbers:


  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Carnegie Mellon University

    Mobility 21 National UTDOT for Mobility of Goods and People

    Office of the Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology

    University Transportation Program
  • Managing Organizations:

    Carnegie Mellon Univeristy

    Mobility 21 National UTDOT for Mobility of Goods and People
  • Project Managers:

    Schweyer, Lisa Kay

  • Performing Organizations:

    Carnegie Mellon University

  • Principal Investigators:

    Rubinstein, Zachary

  • Start Date: 20180701
  • Expected Completion Date: 20190630
  • Actual Completion Date: 0
  • USDOT Program: University Transportation Centers

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01677509
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Technologies for Safe and Efficient Transportation University Transportation Center
  • Contract Numbers: 69A3551747111
  • Files: UTC, RiP
  • Created Date: Aug 7 2018 12:04PM