You can help feed those in need and stop food waste.
The U.S. food system is plagued by an alarming problem: nearly 40% of the food produced each year goes to waste. On a daily basis, Americans throw out more than 1,250 calories per person—more than half of the recommended daily intake for adults. Recovering just one-third of the food we discard each year would be enough to feed the 40 million Americans who face food insecurity, making food waste a tremendous social loss. The environmental implications of this waste are equally devastating - food waste accounts for 25 percent of freshwater use and is responsible for 2.6% of all greenhouse gas emissions—the equivalent of 37 million cars, or 1 in 7 vehicles on the road.
GreaterGood.org works with Food Recovery Network to help stop food waste and feed hungry people. Food Recovery Network unites college students to recover perishable food that would otherwise go to waste from their campus dining halls or local restaurants. Then, students deliver this food directly to shelters, food banks, and churches—serving those who need it most. Today, the Food Recovery Network supports 179 student chapters in the US & District of Columbia and provides them with their model of combating hunger through food recovery while engaging young leaders in their communities. These food donations also provide critical cost savings to the receiving nonprofits at an average of $7,000 per year per agency.
"I so appreciate the help during this transition and crisis. I felt part of a family in so many ways. This did indeed include the daily meals, conversations and kindness of residents and staff. I am so appreciative. I now know how good fish tacos are! All the kindnesses mean so much!" — Mrs. K.G., a female veteran who recently received meals through FRN
You can help! Your donation will ensure hungry Americans will have a meal when they need it most.
Updates from the Field
Together, YOUR donations have helped feed thousands of hungry people! Last year, the Food Recovery Network's food donations saved shelter and food bank partners an average of $7,000 per year—equivalent to an $8,000 market value in food product! These cost savings allow organizations to reallocate funding to other essential services, including housing, healthcare, and educational resources. Moreover, many partners report that they are able to offer their clients a greater variety of healthy food as a result of FRN’s food donations.
“During the week, our food is supplied by a catering company … and sometimes residents wish for more variety. Not so on the weekends. With the rescued food from Towson University, the residents have options they might not have during the week - delicious sandwiches, salads, yogurt as well as pastries. In short, the rescued food from Towson University brightens the day for many of our residents.” — Food Bank Staff Member, Baltimore
The student volunteers provide more than just food. They bring a sense of community to those they serve. Thanks to YOUR support, these students volunteers have been supported with the resources they need to stop food waste and feed people who might otherwise go hungry. Thank you!
Food Recovery Network (FRN) unites students at colleges and universities nationwide to fight food waste and hunger by recovering perishable food that would otherwise go to waste from their campuses and surrounding communities and donating it to people in need.
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