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.
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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.