END OF SEMESTER RESIDENCE HALL RECOVERY
Moving out of the residence halls is often very stressful, as it comes at the end of finals week for most schools. In the rush to move, students often waste tons of food, among other things. The Residence Hall Food Recovery aims to give students an easy avenue to donate their food, rather than waste it. On posters and flyers, we put things like “Leftover food in your mini fridge? FRN will take it to the food bank for you!” We had boxes out all of move-out week, and had volunteers at each of the largest dorms with coolers in case temp-sensitive foods were donated. At the end of the week, we listed all the types of food we had and weighed everything before donating it to a food bank. (credit: Kayla Laywell from New Mexico State University).
Talk to the Residence Hall Associations, and other dorm communities to help out volunteer wise and spread the word to the residents.
According to Kayla Laywell from New Mexico State University, "We had boxes out all of move-out week, and had volunteers at each of the largest dorms with coolers in case temp-sensitive foods were donated. At the end of the week, we listed all the types of food we had and weighed everything before donating it to a food bank."
Spending unstructured time together as a team can help build an awesome FRN community on your campus! Organize fun events like a potluck or picnic to bring everyone together.
You can hold it within your own chapter or with another chapter that’s close by. Make sure everyone’s aware of any dietary restrictions (vegans/vegetarians, gluten free, allergies, etc), so that there are plenty of options for everybody.
FRN Members at NFRD 2016, enjoying wood-fired pizza and good conversation.
Relay for Life
Relay for Life is an overnight community walk to raise money for cancer research and to support programs for those who are fighting cancer and their caregivers. It’s also a great way to build a sense of community among your leadership team and volunteers!
Many campuses host a Relay for Life event, so it’s easy to get involved! Organize your leadership team and volunteers, register for the walk, and get moving! This is a great opportunity to raise money for an important cause, bond with your volunteers, and have fun together. Find events happening near you and resources for fundraising here.
If your campus allows it, write out facts about food waste & hunger in large letters across heavily trafficked campus areas!
It’s best to go early in the morning before everyone starts heading to class so that more people see your chalking (and so you don’t get trampled by students running late for class!).
People tend to ignore flyers when overloaded with them. You can make yours stand out by using beautiful poster designs (is there a graphic design student who would be willing to donate their time?), by placing them in locations where people are waiting around (above microwaves or on the back of toilet stall doors), or by organizing several of your flyers on a board in a manner that really stands out!
One easy way to raise awareness is to make up some table tents/ toppers and put them out on the tables in your dining hall. Give some statistics about food insecurity and food waste in the US and/or your state, and then put down your contact info. This is a great way to motivate new volunteers to join, and to remind people only to take what they can eat.
You can raise awareness about your club while also recruiting new volunteers by tabling. Most schools have a place where students gather regularly (a student union, cafeteria, or the lobby of a popular building) and where organizations are able to set up tables.
Usually there are many organizations tabling at once, so it’s important to find a way to make yours stand out! Play some music, get a flashy banner (ask your Member Support point person how to order one through FRN), wear matching T-shirts, hand out flyers, etc. Do whatever you need to do to get people to notice you. It’s a good idea to have some facts handy to get people more interested, and to have a sign-up sheet to collect the emails of interested students.