The last twelve months proved to be a monumental year for FRN. We added 65 new chapters to our network — eight of which were the first in their state — and recovered 40 percent more food than in 2015. We engaged more than 3,000 student volunteers and hosted our first-ever National Food Recovery Dialogue and Lobby Day. We also reached our largest milestone to date: one million pounds of food recovered and donated. We're so excited to be sharing this year's accomplishments with you, and can't wait to make 2017 even stronger. 

Please enjoy reading our 2016 Annual Report!

 

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executive letter

 

What an exciting year for Food Recovery Network (FRN)! Looking back, there is a dizzying amount of hard work that led this year to be the year for FRN. Not only did we recover more food than in all other previous years combined, but in November 2015, we also reached a major milestone: one million pounds of food recovered! FRN saw a dramatic increase in requests to tell our story across the country as more higher education institutions and businesses became interested in recovering surplus food. We were featured in The Huffington Post, and paneled at the Food Tank Summit and Harvard Food Law and Policy Clinic’s Reduce and Recover Conference. We also hosted two of our first-ever signature events, the National Food Recovery Dialogue and Lobby Day.

In just one year, FRN grew from 150 chapters to 191 and added eight new states into the network, bringing our reach to 43 states. We worked with more than 340 dining halls and food businesses to recover their surplus food and help them rethink the way they view and handle their surplus food. We were able to bring those food donations to more than 260 hunger-fighting community partners.

 

FRNds,

What an exciting year for Food Recovery Network (FRN)! Looking back, there is a dizzying amount of hard work that led this year to be the year for FRN. Not only did we recover more food than in all other previous years combined, but in November 2015, we also reached a major milestone: one million pounds of food recovered! FRN saw a dramatic increase in requests to tell our story across the country as more higher education institutions and businesses became interested in recovering surplus food. We were featured in The Huffington Post, and paneled at the Food Tank Summit and Harvard Food Law and Policy Clinic’s Reduce and Recover Conference. We also hosted two of our first-ever signature events, the National Food Recovery Dialogue and Lobby Day.

In just one year, FRN grew from 150 chapters to 191 and added eight new states into the network, bringing our reach to 43 states. We worked with more than 340 dining halls and food businesses to recover their surplus food and help them rethink the way they view and handle their surplus food. We were able to bring those food donations to more than 260 hunger-fighting community partners.

This year, we’ve focused on laying an even stronger foundation for FRN that will enable us to continue to grow and innovate in an ever-changing landscape as the country begins to awaken to the notion that good food should not be thrown away. It has been a privilege to work with such a dedicated and inspiring team at FRN, a team that is firm in our work: that higher education can be the first sector where food recovery is the norm and not the exception, and that this model can scale and translate to other sectors.

Internally, FRN hired our first-ever Chief of Staff, created our first-ever associate-level roles, hosted more interns than ever before, and increased our Board of Directors from seven to 10 members. We also focused our continuous learning efforts to increase our evaluation acumen, and made it a priority to ensure the network’s voice was represented at the policy level. Involvement like this will be critical as we turn the corner to FRN’s five-year anniversary. With FRN’s upcoming anniversary and the unveiling of our new strategic plan, there comes plenty of events and programming for all of you to connect and deepen your relationship with FRN.

We look forward to working with all of you as FRN takes a big leap forward to accelerate our impact across the country. We’re reminded every day that a movement sustains itself with dedicated people who are willing to hold tight to a vision — a bright light — that is in the distance. With all of your help, we will get there that much faster, to a place where we can say definitively that food recovery is the standard in higher education.

Please enjoy reading about the 2015-2016 journey of FRN, and set your sights to a new year filled with ever-ambitious goals!



Exec Letter