Food Recovery Network Takes Part in Food Day Proclamation

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Montgomery County Councilmember Valerie Ervin invited the members of Food Recovery Network, a rising nonprofit that fights hunger by donating food that would be wasted, to be part of a proclamation ceremony honoring Food Day.

Members of the Food Recovery Network invited to attend the proclamation ceremony in honor of the national Food Day with Councilmember Valerie Ervin, and other organizations dealing with the issues of food and hunger.

Members of the Food Recovery Network join other food activists and experts at Montgomery County's Food Day proclamation ceremony.

In Montgomery County, we don’t have a food shortage but we have issues with food distribution and every resident deserves access to healthy, affordable food.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012 members of the Food Recovery Network (FRN) participated in the Food Day proclamation ceremony aimed at promoting healthy, affordable and sustainable food.

FRN donates surplus food from campus dining halls to people in need of a meal. Founded just over a year ago, the organization has donated over 83,100 lbs of food to local food banks and charities, and now has chapters at 12 colleges, including: Univeristy of Maryland- College Park, Brown, University of California- Berkley, Providence College, Rhode Island School of Design, University of Texas - Austin, and the Claremont Schools.

The goal of the day was to raise awareness about food related issues that are present all over the nation’s communities and to create a conversation around local and national food policy.
At the ceremony, FRN members spoke about the work of the organization and how its mission of redistributing surplus food on campus colleges is helping feed people, rather than landfills.

Councilmember Ervin highlighted this issue by saying, “In Montgomery County, we don’t have a food shortage but we have issues with food distribution and every resident deserves access to healthy, affordable food.”

Food Recovery Network’s role in the ceremony comes on the heels of a big partnership between FRN and the Montgomery County Council to create a Food Recovery Work Group in the county. The implementation group includes FRN’s Founder, UMD senior Ben Simon, and around 20 other top stakeholders, and is tasked with creating a county-wide food recovery program based on the success of FRN.

“Food Recovery Network couldn’t be more excited to partner with the Montgomery County Council to recover more food in the county,” said Simon. “Montgomery County generated 29,000 tons of non-residential food waste in 2011, so if we can even donate one percent of that, we’ll make a difference in the lives of countless residents.”

The Environmental Protection Agency estimates that 70 billion pounds of food is wasted each year in the United States, amounting to about 40% of the food grown in America. Meanwhile, 49 million Americans struggle with food insecurity, according to the Census. The Food Recovery Network estimates that the wholesome, surplus food wasted from American college campuses amounts to about 22 million pounds of food each year.

Through a network of student volunteers and dedicated leadership staff, the FRN aims to change the course of food waste and hunger on college campuses across the United States.

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The Food Recovery Network 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. http://www.foodrecoverynetwork.org

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