2012 a Huge Success!
Dear Supporters and FRNdz,
They say that a year can make a big difference, and boy are they right! In just a year since our launch, we have experienced so many positive changes here at the Food Recovery Network (FRN). One of such highlights was expanding our chapters and donating over 108,000 pounds of food to those in need. This was possible in part to the work of our six new chapters at: Providence College, University of Texas at Austin, Scripps/Harvey Mudd/Claremont McKenna, Rhode Island School of Design, University of Michigan, and Rochester Institute of Technology, who join our original chapters at the: University of Maryland College Park, Brown University, Pomona College, and University of California Berkeley.
All this success would not have been possible without the work and dedication of all our college volunteers and the organizations that support our cause, so we send a heartfelt thank you to them!
With so much to say and cover, we won’t be able to fit it all into this one blog post, so instead we’ll keep it short and sweet.
We will start off with some of our favorite memories from the year: In July, FRN team member Lauren Behgam won the grand prize of $15,000 in Ashoka’s Banking on Youth competition. In November, we held a week long campaign, “More Students, Less Waste,” raising awareness about food waste across the country and inspiring students to start food recovery programs at their own schools. And just this month, our Founder and CEO Ben Simon was selected as a Social Entrepreneur of the Year by Univision.
Among these great achievements one of the most important to us was receiving the 501c3 status, making us an official tax-exempt non-profit. We also built an all-star board of advisors to help support our growth, a list of which you can find in this article.
Since numbers speak louder than words, here is a snapshot of the work that FRN’s members did this semester:
Pounds of Food Recovered in Fall 2012: 37,887
Total Number of Pounds Recovered so far: 108,007
Total Number of Meals Donated so far: 86,405
Number of Shelters Donated To: 21
Total Student Volunteer Hours so far: 5120
It’s hard to believe FRN has accomplished so much in only one year – but 2013 is looking even brighter. We have begun working with Bon Appetit Management Company and the Environmental Protection Agency to bring food recovery to a wider audience. Thanks to these new partnerships, and the work of interested students across the country, we are expediting the creation of many new recovery programs on college campuses across the United States.
But our work isn’t done yet. In fact, with 1 in 5 children and 1 in 12 adults still at risk of hunger in America, there is more we have to do. You can continue to help by liking us on Facebook, following us on Twitter and telling your friends about FRN.
And from now until December 31st, every dollar you donate will be matched up to $5,000. So if the holiday spirit strikes you, donate to us HERE. And remember, $0.10 gives a meal to someone who needs it. Just $15 feeds 150 people.
We hope you join us in celebrating the achievements of this year, and looking forward to everything that will be accomplished in 2013.
Enjoy the Holidays! See you in the New Year!
The FRN Team