The Food Recovery Network, a nonprofit started by students at the University of Maryland, recovers unused food from university cafeterias and brings them to community members in need.
How a nonprofit started by students is combatting food waste
Our country has a food waste problem — every year 130 billion pounds of food goes to landfills, much of which is still edible. College campuses contribute a large percentage of that waste, even while many community members and students face food insecurity.
The Food Recovery Network is working to change that.
Since 2011, the non-profit collects food from dining halls and catering companies at the end of the day and brings them to area shelters and partners so the food can be put to good use. Since their inception, the Food Recovery Network has recovered more than 1.8 million meals from ending up in landfills.