The Food Recovery Network (www.foodrecoverynetwork.org) unites students at colleges and universities across America to fight food waste and hunger by recovering surplus perishable food from their college campuses and surrounding communities that would otherwise go to waste and donating it to people in need. Founded in September of 2011, it has since expanded to reach 49 college campuses and recovered over 245,000 pounds of food that would otherwise have been wasted. During that time, FRN has been covered by MSNBC, ABC, LA Times, and the Washington Post, as well as being recognized by Guidestar as one of the top student-run nonprofits of 2012. Over the next few years, FRN hopes to expand to hundreds of colleges, recovering 10 million pounds of food by 2018 and changing the face of food recovery across the country.
The Problem - Over 68 billion pounds of food are wasted every year. In the same year: 43.6 million Americans struggle with hunger every years, or one in seven Americans.
The Solution - The Food Recovery Network! Student volunteers transport the food from dining halls to shelters nightly. Reducing food waste and providing for our neighbors makes each community that FRN operates in stronger and more supportive. It also helps the environment by helping to close the loop on food waste, America's second largest waste stream.