Food Recovery Network

I keep a list of topics to write about on my blog. Then one day I looked down at my T-shirt and there it was, staring up at me. My shirt was from Food Recovery Network (https://www.foodrecoverynetwork.org/). I know that I wrote about this group several years ago, but it never hurts to be reminded of the tremendous good we can do if we set our minds to it.

In 2011, four students at the University of Maryland, College Park noticed perfectly good dining hall food was ending up in the trash at the end of the night. They worked to recover meals destined for the landfill day by day, and when the school year was over, they had delivered 30,000 meals to Washington, D.C.-area hunger-fighting nonprofits. 

And soon, Food Recovery Network was born. Not overnight, but with the steady and unwavering passion its first student founders poured into it. Their work made a scalable model that was difficult for campus administrators to refuse, and easy for other college students around the world to say yes to.

During the spring semester of 2012, the second FRN chapter was founded at Brown University. UMD and Brown soon joined forces with two other campus food recovery programs at University of California, Berkeley and Pomona College.

Our programs are on over 180 campuses in 46 states and the District of Columbia. We recovered and donated over 5 million pounds of food to date – the equivalent of more than 4.1 million meals to individuals and families in need!

This last year alone, we have recovered 1.04 million pounds of surplus food from campus dining halls, food vendors, restaurants, and farms across the United States. If you can believe it, that’s the equivalent of 868,771 meals for people experiencing hunger in 2020. They are currently serving 207 campuses in 46 states and the District of Columbia. 10.8 million pounds of food recovered, 9 million meals donated. Over 4792 metric tons of CO2 emissions prevented.

PARTICIPATION IN FOOD RECOVERY DIVERTS MASSIVE QUANTITIES OF FOOD FROM LANDFILLS AND PROVIDES MUCH NEEDED SUPPORT TO FOOD-INSECURE INDIVIDUALS AND THEIR FAMILIES. BY RECOVERING SURPLUS FOOD, YOUR BUSINESS CAN PLAY A CRITICAL ROLE IN REDUCING HUNGER IN YOUR LOCAL COMMUNITY AND LOWER YOUR ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT AT THE SAME TIME.

Ready to get involved? You could roll up your sleeves and start your own chapter, you could sign FRN’s petitions, or you could simply donate. (Money is always good).

Looking forward to a better world.

Cindy

“To cherish what remains of the Earth and to foster its renewal is our only legitimate hope of survival.”

Wendell Berry

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