WEBNC: Female Founder Rey Mustafa is Reducing Food Waste, One Cookie at a Time

Rey Mustafa, a Food Science and Nutrition student at San Diego State University, worked in a restaurant that threw away mass amounts of perfectly edible food every night after closing. The issue, she realized, was that her experience wasn’t unique to the restaurant industry. Every year in the U.S., 63 million tons of food are thrown away. Simultaneously, there are many people in need of food. This is how SOUL MUCH was born.

While SOUL MUCH began by handing out otherwise wasted food to the homeless population in San Diego, they realized that the scale of the problem was much larger than their small restaurant. They began to re-purpose food waste into cookies. Every cookie sold removed one pound of food waste from a landfill. (Not to mention, they’re delicious.)


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