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Meet a Fellow: Hannah Dehradunwala

Meet Hannah, a 2019 Roddenberry Fellow
August 29, 2019


Meet Hannah, a 2019 Roddenberry Fellow

Hannah is a Pakistani-American Muslim and the co-founder & CEO of Transfernation, a logistics company focused on building tech-based, integrated food rescue systems for cities. She co-founded Transfernation during her sophomore year at New York University. 


Transfernation is a technology platform that helps corporate food providers redistribute extra, untouched, catered food from cafeterias and events to local feeding programs instantly. Using the app, event hosts and cafeteria managers can request on-demand pickups for extra food. These requests go straight to our Transporters- independently contracted drivers and couriers- who pick up and redistribute the food to a local soup kitchen within a 1 mile radius, on-demand, usually still hot. Transfernation aims to make food rescue as easy, efficient, and technologically advanced as any mobile-age service, and rethink the traditional methods that cities have been using thus far to tackle the problem of edible food waste.


“Transfernation aims to create a more robust, efficient food rescue system for cities. We use technology to connect existing infrastructure to create the first food rescue system that is capable of reaching prepared food before it reaches the trash. We are turning food rescue into a sustainable, scalable, ethical business.”


During the 2019 Fellowship 

Transfernation has redirected over 580,000 pounds of food from landfill and towards food and financially insecure populations. It is the first financially-sustainable, tech-based, employment-generating food rescue system for cities, built in tandem with large corporations, sharing economy operators, and the social sector, powered by technology that eliminates 80% of the cost of traditional food rescue. The goal is to bring the process to cities across the U.S.

During the fellowship year, Hannah will be working on a comprehensive expansion plan for 2019 and 2020. So far, Transfernation have successfully been able to pilot and grow the service in New York City. The goal for the next two years is to duplicate the process in 3-4 additional U.S.-based cities in the next two years, starting mid-2019.

“Our goal is to make food rescue as easy, efficient, and technologically advanced as any mobile-age service. We use mobile technology to source extra, prepared/catered food in cities and connect with on-demand transportation to ensure that it is redirected from landfill and towards institutions that can make use of it immediately.” 


Ways to get involved: 

Downloading the app: https://transfernation.org/

Introductions: Introducing Transfernation to institutions that have extra food or need extra food. Our next locations are: LA, Washington DC, Boston, Chicago.

Social Media: Follow on social media. 

Facebook: @projectTransfernation