Food Recovery Network?

Food Recovery Network is the largest student movement fighting food waste and hunger in America.

In 2011, Ben, Mia, Cam, and Evan, students at the University of Maryland, College Park noticed good dining hall food was ending up in the trash at the end of the night. By the end of the school year, FRN at UMD had recovered 30,000 meals to DC-area hunger-fighting nonprofits.

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.

In May 2013, the Sodexo Foundation provided FRN with founding funding to hire a full-time staff and transition into a professional nonprofit! Since then, we’ve swept the nation and made higher education the first sector where food recovery is the norm and not the exception..

Why they are Awesome

  • The Food Recovery Network is the largest student movement fighting against food waste and hunger and have recovered and donated more than 3 million pounds of food that otherwise would have gone to waste. That‘s more than 2.5 million meals that’s gone to those in need.

  • The Food Recovery Network has started 230 chapters in 44 states.

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