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Food Recovery Network - Fighting Waste. Feeding People

About Our Partner
Food Recovery Network

Food Recovery Network (FRN) is the largest student-led movement fighting food waste in the U.S. Our network of 4,000 students, business leaders, and dining providers, recover surplus food from across the supply chain, deliver it local community non profits that then serve individuals and families experiencing hunger.

How The Student-Led Food Recovery Model Works

How The Student-Led Food Recovery Model Works

Step One

College student volunteers safely recover surplus food from their campuses and communities

Step Two

Students transport recovered surplus food to their hunger-fighting nonprofit partner

Step Three

The nonprofit partner repurposes FRN’s food donations to feed their community

The Meal Gap

Every year 26M tons of food is wasted in commercial and educational settings. Meanwhile, 34M people in the U.S. are experiencing hunger.

The Meal Gap
The Meal Gap Map

FRN's Solution

FRN has nearly 200 student-led chapters at colleges and universities across the U.S., and they work to prioritize expansion in areas where food waste and food insecurity are highest.

FRN recovers surplus food from various parts of the supply chain including: local and commercial farms, farmers markets, community food businesses and restaurants, campus and corporate dining facilities, and large-scale events.

Food Recovery Network is the largest student-led movement fighting food waste and hunger in America. Since 2011, FRN's network has:

  • Recovered more than 14.6 million pounds of food that otherwise would have gone to waste.

  • Donated more than 12.2 million meals for people experiencing hunger.

  • Prevented more than 6,437 metric tons of carbon dioxide from reaching the atmosphere.

Food Recovery Network - Largest student-led movement fighting food waste and hunger in America
CheckSammy's nationwide network of Sustainability facilities, including places such as anaerobic digestion and composting facilities, enables us to take organic materials and dispose or redirect them, sustainably.

CheckSammy's nationwide network of Sustainability facilities, including places such as anaerobic digestion and composting facilities, enables us to take organic materials and dispose or redirect them, sustainably. The scale of our Sustainability network allows us to minimize the distance traveled from your location to an end-of-life facility.

Whether you have a one-time need or have need of regularly-scheduled pickup services, CheckSammy is the right place for you. We often do milk-runs from multiple locations, to make it easier and more convenient for you to implement an organics recycling program.