App helps with food allergies

By | March 23, 2017

A project started by U-M students Ish Baid and Michael Copley can make daily life easier for people with food allergies or special diets. They are the co-founders of the Edible Project app that helps people with diet restrictions find restaurants and meals they can enjoy without worrying about allergies or ingredients. The idea was prompted by Copley’s severe dairy allergies. Edible Project is a free app focused on the Ann Arbor area that allows users to search by food item, diet, or price using criteria like milk allergies or vegetarian and vegan diets. It shows restaurant hours and menu item reviews, and is available through the Apple or Google Play stores. Baid and Copley, computer software students, finished developing Edible and launched the app about a month ago. “We want to really see how we can take this app and create something that’s helpful for our target audience,” Baid said. “If we can do it in Ann Arbor, we can do it anywhere.”