Frequently Asked Questions
We get these a lot.
What is and why is Unsung using a "sharing economy"?
What's the benefit of this radical new business model?
"Uber, the world’s largest taxi company, owns no vehicles and Airbnb, the world’s largest accommodation provider, owns no real estate."
The sharing economy is a new socieo-economic model of sharing under-utilized services and resources between people who desire them. These new "economies" are marketplaces that spontaneously match supply and demand where sought.
For Unsung, we desire to match the huge abundance of excess food being wasted with the 49 million Americans who are hungry. Instead of supporting Unsung offices across the US, we decided to build an app which connects food providers with volunteers available at the time. By empowering communities with the tools to solve their hunger problem, we can have a much larger impact than we could have possibly done alone.
What is "food insecurity"?
What does it mean when we say 49.1 million Americans are hungry?
Can you donate food directly to people on the street?
There is a huge myth that donating food in good faith can land you a fat lawsuit should the recipient get sick. In reality, food providers are protected from criminal and civil liabilities via the federal Bill Emerson Good Samaritan and Food Donation Act.
What if I don't have time to volunteer but wish to help?
On Unsung, people making deliveries will be competing on a leaderboard visible to the community. Too-busy-to-volunteer members of the community are encouraged to show support and tip directly to the volunteers tackling the community hunger problem. As a 501c3 organization, Unsung takes no-cut and your donation is tax deductible. On launch, our app will allow tipping directly to the volunteer via bitcoin, yet traditional payment options will follow soon after.
What does the Unsung App look like?