Food Cowboy uses mobile technology to safely route surplus food from wholesalers and restaurants to food banks and soup kitchens instead of to landfills. It was started in 2012 by Roger Gordon, a lawyer and former caterer, his brother Richard, a long-haul truck driver specializing in hauling fresh produce, and Barbara Cohen, Ph.D., the author of the USDA’s Community Food Security Assessment Toolkit.
Food Cowboy’s advisory board includes a retired Marine Corps general who went on to lead Chicago’s largest food bank, the founder of L.A. Kitchen, an innovative food rescue and culinary training start-up, and a former USDA Acting Under Secretary for Food Safety. Its newest member, Professor Ted Labuza of the University of Minnesota, helped design food safety systems for the Apollo moon missions.