CONTACT: Sara Gassman, Food Recovery Network, 914-355-8824,,


Students, professionals convene for National Food Recovery Dialogue to discuss food waste, justice issues


COLLEGE PARK, Maryland, March 31, 2016 - Food Recovery Network is hosting the inaugural National Food Recovery Dialogue on April 2nd and 3rd. This event will assemble 450 student leaders and professionals from across the food recovery, food justice, policy and environmental spaces at the home of the first FRN chapter. Attendees will participate in various workshops, panels and presentations to inspire and promote continued efforts to tackle the problems of food waste and hunger with practical solutions.

This year’s Dialogue includes a notable lineup of key speakers, including:

  • Jenny Rustemeyer, Filmmaker and Producer, Just Eat It: A Food Waste Story

  • Jeremy Kranowitz, Executive Director, Sustainable America

  • George Jones, CEO, Bread for the City

  • Lana Suarez, Acting Chief, Chemicals Management Branch, US Environmental Protection Agency

  • Amy Schober, Program Analyst, US Department of Agriculture

  • Valerie Ervin, Montgomery County Council Member, Montgomery County Council

“Food Recovery Network is bringing together passionate and energetic young leaders for a weekend of movement-building, learning, teaching and celebration. Our students are fighting waste and feeding people in 200 communities in 41 states every day, and the chance to all be in the same physical location will continue to raise the profile of food recovery as a viable and necessary solution to both food waste and hunger,” says Sara Gassman, FRN’s Director of Member Support and Communications.   

Highlights of NFRD 2016 include:

  • Not Really Expired: How Confusing Date Labels Lead to Food Waste in America -- Christina Rice of Harvard Food Law & Policy clinic will examine the legal and policy regime surrounding expiration dates on foods and discuss the ways attendees can help reform expiration dates, thus decreasing the amount of wasted food.

  • Ugly Produce: A Market-Driven Approach to Fighting Food Waste -- According to NRDC, farms are the number one place food is going to waste. In this interactive breakout session, Ben Simon, FRN Founder and CEO of Imperfect Produce, will discuss the recent ugly produce trend within the food waste movement. He'll also talk about his successes and challenges running Imperfect, America's leading ugly produce company.

  • This Recovered Life -- Six students from the frontlines of FRN will share their inspiring food recovery stories. Paul Sherman, University of Denver; Brandon Denney, Maryville College; LeAnne Young, University of Maryland; Sarah Diamond, Lawrence University; Shadi Ahmadmehrabi, Case Western Reserve University; Shewa Shwani, Syracuse University/SUNY-ESF

  • Lobby Day -- Lobby Day will give FRN student leaders, who are predominately Millenials/Gen Z and thus make up the largest voting bloc in the 2016 election, the chance to meet with Senators, Representatives, and Congressional staff on Capitol Hill to discuss issues related to FRN’s mission of fighting waste and feeding people.The press release with more information can be found here: 2016 NFRD Lobby Day.

Food Recovery Network would like to extend a thanks to the NFRD 2016 sponsors: Chartwells Higher Education, Sodexo, Walmart Foundation, Burness Communications, Darden Restaurants, Zenful Bites, Hampton Creek, Café Mam, MidAtlantic Farm Credit, Honest Tea, Community Plates and Hungry Harvest.


About Food Recovery Network

Food Recovery Network unites and supports college students to fight food waste and hunger by recovering surplus food from their campuses and local restaurants that would otherwise go to waste and donating it to hungry Americans. FRN has nearly 200 chapters in 41 states. For more information about Food Recovery Network, visit Follow us on Twitter @FoodRecovery and Instagram @FoodRecovery and like us on Facebook at


More details about the NFRD can be found here: Members of the media who are interested in attending can join us at the BioSciences Research Building at the University of Maryland, College Park on 9 a.m. April 2nd and April 3rd.


CONTACT: Sara Gassman, Food Recovery Network, 914-355-8824,,