In 2011, three University of Maryland students noticed a troubling paradox: campus dining halls were wasting nutritious food while community members were going hungry. The students began recovering surplus food and donating it to local hunger-fighting nonprofits, and Food Recovery Networks was born. Today, FRN is a national network of 192 chapters in 43 states that have donated more than 1.3 million pounds of food – in just five years. From its headquarters at UMD in Prince George's County, staff provide one-on-one mentorship to all chapter leaders, empowering them as community change-agents and helping them develop professional skills in communications, volunteer management, community outreach, and more. The National Food Recovery Dialogue, a conference that engages hundreds of leaders, changes not only the trajectory of would-be-wasted food but also the conversation around food systems in America. Food Recovery Certified, the first program of its kind, recognizes businesses that donate surplus food to people in need instead of sending it to landfills. Building leaders, reducing waste, fighting hunger – that’s more than just food for thought.

Headquarters: MD-Prince George's County

Where They Operate: Internationally; ; United States of America

Age Groups Served: All

Population(s) Served: All

Schools They Work In: Allegheny College; Alma College; Aquinas College; Assumption College; Bard College; Becker College; Bellarmine University; Belmont Abbey; Beloit College; Boise State University; Bowling Green State University; Brandeis University; Broward College ; Brown University; Butler University ; California State University Fresno; California State University Northridge; Calvin College; Carleton College; Case Western Reserve University; Christian Brothers University; Claremont McKenna; Clemson University; Coastal Carolina University; Colby College; Colby Sawyer; College of the Holy Cross; College of William and Mary; Colorado Mountain College; Cornell College (IA); Cornell University (NY); Cornerstone University; Dartmouth College; Denison University; Drake University; Drexel University; Duke; Earlham College; Eastern Michigan University; Eckerd College; Elmhurst College; Fairfield University; Florida International University; Florida State University; Fordham University Rose Hill; Framingham State University; George Washington University; Georgia State University; Gordon College; Goucher College; Green Mountain College; Grinnell College; High Point University; Illinois State University; Iowa State University; Kalamazoo College; Kansas State University; Knox College; Lawrence University; Lehigh University; Lipscomb University; Louisiana State University; Loyola Marymount ; Lycoming College; Macalester College; Madonna University; Marist College; Maryville College; Mercyhurst University; Millersville U of PA; Missouri State University; Monmouth University; New Mexico State University; The New School; New York University; Nichols College; North Carolina State University; Northern Arizona University; Northern Illinois University; Northwood University; Occidental College; Ohio Wesleyan University; Olin College of Engineering; Orange Coast College; Parkland Community College; Pasadena City College; PennState Erie the Behrend College; PennState University Park; Pfeiffer University; Pitzer College; Plymouth State University; Point Loma Nazarene University; Pomona College; Portland Community College; Providence College; Rhodes College; Rochester Institute of Technology; Roger Williams University; Rowan; Russell Sage College; San Diego State University; Saint Anselm; Saint Joseph's University; Saint Mary's College -- Indiana; Salem College; Santa Clara University; Seattle Pacific University; Shippensburg University; Smith College; Southern Connecticut State University; Southeast Missouri State University; Southern Maine Community College; Southern Nazarene University; St. John's College; St. Mary's College of Maryland; St. Olaf; Stephen F. Austin; SUNY Binghamton; SUNY U at Buffalo; SUNY Plattsburgh; Susquehanna University; Syracuse U / SUNY ESF; Texas A&M; Texas State University; Towson University; Trinity College; Tulane University; University of Bridgeport; University of California-Davis; University of California- Los Angeles; University of California-San Diego; University of California-Santa Cruz; University of Central Arkansas; University of Central Oklahoma; University of Dayton; University of Delaware; University of Denver; University of Hawaii Manoa; University of Houston; University of Illinois - Chicago; University of Indianapolis; University of Iowa; University of Maine; University of Maine at Farmington; University of Mary Washington; University of Maryland - Baltimore County; University of Maryland, College Park; University of Massachusetts - Amherst; University of Miami; University of Michigan--Ann Arbor; University of Michigan - Dearborn; University of Michigan - Flint; University of Minnesota - Twin Cities; University of Mississippi; University of Missouri; University of New England; University of New Mexico; University of North Carolina Chapel Hill; University of North Carolina Greensboro; University of North Carolina Pembroke; University of the Pacific; University of Pennsylvania; University of Pittsburgh; University of Richmond; University of Rhode Island; University of Rochester; University of St. Thomas; University of San Francisco; University of the Sciences; University of South Alabama; University of South Carolina Columbia; University of South Carolina Upstate; University of Southern California; University of Tennessee Knoxville; University of Texas- Austin ; University of Texas at Dallas; University of Toledo; University of Utah; University of Washington; University of Wisconsin Madison; Utah State University; Valley Forge Military; Villanova University; Virginia Commonwealth University; Wagner College; Washington & Jefferson College; Washington State University Pullman; Wayne State University; Weber State; Western Washington University; West Hills College Lemoore; West Virginia University; Whittier College; Willamette University; Wichita State University; Worcester Polytechnic Institute


  • Pounds of food provided (groceries delivered, food items distributed) annually :   1.6 million pounds
  • Number of meals served annually:   1 million
  • Number of volunteers who work with us annually:   3100
  • Number of hours of volunteer work we record annually:   28000
  • Number of hunger-fighting partner agencies we donate food:   340

Awards & Recognition

Featured Org, Good Food Org Guide 2015
Featured Org, Good Food Org Guide 2016

Press

Budget (FY2015)

  • $3 million or higher
  • $1 million to $3 million
  • $500k to $1 million
  • The current budget for Food Recovery Network is: Less than $500k

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