UW-Madison Pilots Free Food Alert System

In an era where food waste and sustainability are critical global issues, hope emerges from the halls of education. The University of Wisconsin–Madison, renowned for its commitment to excellence and forward-thinking initiatives, is taking a pioneering step towards combating food waste by offering a pilot program of the Free Food Alert system to the campus community.

Sign Up for Free Food Alerts

The Free Food Alert system sends email and/or mobile push notifications when there is free food available on campus. UW–Madison is piloting the Free Food Alert system from September 1st, 2023 – December 31st, 2023 and is making the technology available to all university staff, faculty, and students.

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Resources for Hosts and Event Caterers

The Free Food Alert system enables event hosts and caterers on campus the ability to send out alerts for free food giveaways. To use the system, hosts/caterers should sign up and then complete the Giveaway Host Training. Once an application is reviewed and approved by a university Free Food Alert administrator, hosts/caterers will be able to send out free food alerts to all subscribers at the end of the event.

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Frequently Asked Questions

In case of any questions about your giveaway host status, please reach out directly to your university Free Food Alert administrator at zerowaste@sustainability.wisc.edu.

For other questions, please visit the Free Food Alert’s FAQ section at the button below.

Frequently Asked Questions

Download the Free Food Alert App

In order to receive Free Food Alert mobile smartphone push notifications, subscribers must download and log into the app.

By harnessing technology and collective action, UW–Madison is setting a compelling example for others to follow. As the platform’s success story unfolds, it has the potential to transform the way institutions, businesses, and communities tackle the challenge of food waste, inching us closer to a more sustainable and equitable world. The University of Wisconsin–Madison’s bold step in piloting the Free Food Alert platform signifies a powerful commitment to sustainability and community welfare. How will you take action?