This Recovered Life: True stories from the frontlines of the FRN movement

Share your story on the Food Recovery Network Stage


Every FRNd’s got a story. What’s yours? Food Recovery Network is looking for four current FRN leaders who want to share their FRN story on stage at the 2016 National Food Recovery Dialogue. Here are some ideas to get you started: Tell us about what makes your chapter unique. Think about the first time you volunteered with your partner agency. Explain something you’ve learned about food insecurity in your community. Share your experience with food insecurity. Tell us about a theory you have about food waste from research you’ve done. Reflect on how you’ve grown as a leader--or what sparked your passion for fighting food waste or feeding the hungry.

FRN National will cover travel and registration expenses for This Recovered Life presenters.  



You must be a Food Recovery Network volunteer. That’s it! Whether you’re absolutely terrified to speak in front of an audience or you’ve been baring your soul on stage since you were five, there’s a place for you.



You must be available to attend the 2016 National Food Recovery Dialogue at the University of Maryland on April 2-4, 2015. You should also expect to work with FRN National staff to hone and revise your story leading up to the conference, including Skype rehearsals.  


Pitch your Story

In a couple sentences to a couple paragraphs, tell us your story. You don’t need to be formal about it, just tell the story the way you’d tell it to someone over coffee. Even if you’re presenting on food insecurity or food waste research, give us a sense of your story arc and how the experience changed you. The stories themselves can take any form (including spoken word), but be thoughtful about how much information you’re trying to cover. There should be a clear theme uniting your story. The presentations will ultimately be around five minutes long.

Be explicit about the impact of your story. If you have favorite moments, let us know. If the story showed you something about the world you hadn't realized before, or changed you (or the other people) in some way, let us know that too.

Please include: your name, your chapter’s name, your role on your chapter’s team, and written confirmation you'll be attending the National Food Recovery Dialogue.

Email your description in an attached PDF to FRN’s Director of Innovation, Cam Pascual ( and FRN’s Program Coordinator, Mika Weinstein (, by January 15, 2015 using the subject line “This Recovered Life”. Once we review submissions, we will select our favorite stories and conduct a video Skype audition in order to choose the finalists.


Selection Criteria

Speakers will be selected on the basis of the story’s focus, originality and underlying message. The final group will be a diverse set of stories across topic areas. Four presenters will be selected.

If you have any questions, please email FRN’s Program Coordinator, Mika Weinstein (