Food Recovery Network is the largest student movement fighting food waste and hunger in America.

In 2011, Ben, Mia, Cam, and Evan, students at the University of Maryland, College Park noticed good dining hall food was ending up in the trash at the end of the night. By the end of the school year, FRN at UMD had recovered 30,000 meals to DC-area hunger-fighting nonprofits. 

During the Spring semester of 2012, the second FRN chapter was founded at Brown University. UMD and Brown soon joined forces with two other campus food recovery programs at University of California, Berkeley and Pomona College.

In May 2013, the Sodexo Foundation provided FRN with founding funding to hire a full-time staff and transition into a professional nonprofit! Since then, we've swept the nation and made higher education the first sector where food recovery is the norm and not the exception.

Find out more about our chapters here.


In September 2011 Food Recovery Network (FRN) was founded as a student group at the University of Maryland.

Today, we're the largest student movement fighting against food waste and hunger and have recovered and donated more than 3 million pounds of food that otherwise would have gone to waste. That's more than 2.5 million meals that's gone to those in need.  

Check out what we've accomplished:


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FRN 2016-2017 pounds per state

This map details the efforts of the 1000+ FRN student volunteers from across the country.
Click on a state to view the number of pounds and meals recovered and donated by FRN chapters in that state during the 2016-2017 school year. 


2016-2017 FRN Meals per Chapter Per state

The map below details the impact of each state accounting for the number of chapters per state. The size of dots and intensity of the color represents the ratio of meals recovered per FRN chapters per state. Larger and darker green points depict more meals recovered per chapter per state


Rhode Island, Idaho, and Arkansas for having the top 3 highest recovery ratios for the 2016-2017 school year!