This past November, Food Recovery Network was given the opportunity to share their Baltimore-area efforts on WBAL-TV's 11 TV Hill. FRN's Hannah Gingerich sat down with host Jason Newton to talk about the active FRN chapters in the area -- University of Maryland Baltimore County, Goucher College, and Towson University -- and about the role of FRN in the Baltimore community.
As Newton and the show's guests discussed, ending hunger and homelessness are priorities in the Baltimore community. Hannah shared how the Baltimore-area FRN chapters have worked creatively to contribute to the solutions to these issues. Since their founding, UMBC, Goucher College, and Towson University's chapters have donated over 4,000 pounds to local non-profits within the city, including Project PLASE and Helping Up Mission.
Hannah highlighted a second way the FRN has helped fight hunger and homelessness in the Baltimore community, speaking to our role in growing local leaders. When asked about the experience of working with FRN chapter leaders, she explained "It's a really positive feeling...we get to hear from those college students who had just started thinking about those issues...after a three or six month time working with FRN, they suddenly had become leaders on these issues in their community. I think that is what's really important, because a lot of them graduate and take this experience and turn it into a career. It's really helping to bridge the gap between these colleges and universities and the communities that host them, which is often something that is really needed."
To hear more about FRN's work in the Baltimore area, watch Hannah's full interview here.