Denison University Students Fight Food Waste, Hunger with Food Recovery Network
First Food Recovery Network Chapter in Ohio
GRANVILLE, Ohio, Nov. 12, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Students at Denison University have started a chapter of the Food Recovery Network, recovering surplus perishable food from campus dining halls and donating it to hungry members of the community. The Homelessness and Hunger committee at Denison University has been recovering food from their campus dining halls for three years. This is the first official Food Recovery Network chapter in the state of Ohio.
This year, another group expressed interest in expanding the recoveries and all parties decided it would be "better to be part of a bigger group," said Susie Kalinoski, advisor to Homelessness and Hunger. Kalinoski also attributes their joining the Food Recovery Network to Sarah Piper, sustainability manager for Bon Appétit Management Company (BAMCO) at Denison University. BAMCO and FRN entered a partnership in April 2013.
Twenty Denison students regularly participate in food recoveries from two dining halls, picking up six meals per week. The food is then distributed to five nonprofits including shelters and after school programs in Newark and Buckeye Lake, Ohio.
"We are excited to welcome Denison to the Food Recovery Network," said Sara Gassman, director of member support at the Food Recovery Network. "As an existing food recovery program, Denison has valuable experience to offer to our other chapters, and we look forward to their contributions to our mission of fighting waste and feeding people."
FRN includes 34 chapters on college and university campuses in 16 states and the District of Columbia. Since 2011, FRN chapters have diverted more than 210,980 pounds of food from the landfill to hungry Americans—enough to feed 154 Americans three meals a day for an entire year.
The Food Recovery Network started at the University of Maryland, College Park campus in 2011 and quickly grew to include multiple campuses across the nation.
"We are one of the fastest growing student movements in the U.S.," said Ben Simon, founder and executive director of the Food Recovery Network. "Five years from now we hope to be on 1,000 college campuses and to have donated 10 million pounds of food."
The FRN National team is currently working with students at approximately 150 campuses to start new chapters.
About Food Recovery Network
Food Recovery Network unites and supports college students to fight food waste and hunger by recovering surplus food from their campuses and local restaurants that would otherwise go to waste and donating it to hungry Americans. FRN has 34 chapters in 16 states and the District of Columbia. FRN is a former member of Startup Shell, a student technology collective in the Maryland Technology Enterprise Institute (Mtech) at the University of Maryland. To learn more about FRN, visit www.foodrecoverynetwork.org, www.facebook.com/FoodRecoveryNetwork, and follow @FoodRecovery on Twitter and Instagram
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