Growing up in Pakistan, Hannah Dehradunwala was accustomed to a culture that never let anything go to waste. When she returned to the U.S. as a student at NYU, Hannah was struck by the amount of excess food that was being discarded after catered on-campus events. After an unsuccessful search for organizations that would help her donate leftover food, she was inspired to create Transfernation, a platform for companies and corporate hospitality groups to donate extra food through on-demand pickups, and provide healthy, fresh food options to those in need of food assistance. The platform uses trusted independent contractors, including ride-share drivers and bike messengers, to pick up leftover catering and deliver it to community-based organizations that then feed hungry New Yorkers. Transfernation created a new pipeline for the rescue and use of much-needed food resources in New York City by empowering community organizations, reducing their overall environmental footprint, and decreasing food waste in the process and with the use of their mobile app, donors are quickly able to donate food to a community in need. To date, through partnerships with 28 contractors and 16 community organizations, Transfernation has rescued 530,000 pounds of food and provided 510,000 meals to those without reliable access to food sources.
Being a Women of Worth means being able to continue spearheading a new pipeline for the rescue and use of much-needed food, empowering my community and reducing the overall environmental footprint by reducing food waste in the process.