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As prices rise at the grocery store, shoppers can cut costs while helping the environment

The inflation rate is at its highest level in 40 years, prompting many shoppers to look for new ways to save.

The Flashfood app was created to help grocery stores reduce their food waste. 160 billion pounds of food ends up in landfills in North America, emitting greenhouse gases.

As shoppers look for new ways to save, the Flashfood app makes it easy for them to save 50% on their grocery bills. The free app allows shoppers to browse discounted food items not typically sold in stores. Items include seasonal produce, stained produce, and food nearing its expiration date.

Flashfood refrigerators are located at participating Martin’s Super Markets and Meijer stores, but items cannot be purchased at the store.

After downloading the app, shoppers can browse items from nearby stores. Shoppers then select items, purchase them on the app, and pick them up in-store. Buyers then bring their purchase to customer service for verification.

Martin’s district manager, Mike Albert, says it’s a great way to save money and feed the family.

“If you bought the box of produce, there are definitely peppers, onions, potatoes and there is also meat. So you could definitely create a meal out of that. It just depends on the items in there and your creativity in using the products,” Albert said.

In addition to helping shoppers save money, the program helps stores like Martin reduce food waste. Albert said the program has had a significant impact since the partnership began two years ago.

“We’ve definitely reduced the food waste we have, so it’s a win-win situation for everyone.”

The application is available on the App Store and the Google Play Store. Of the 20 Martin’s stores, 19 have Flashfood refrigerators. In Michiana, shoppers can use the app at participating Meijer stores.