The mission of Food Recovery Verified (FRV) is to recognize and reward food businesses of any type that are working to fight waste and feed people through food recovery. FRV serves as a third party that verifies that food businesses are donating surplus food at least once per month to hunger fighting non-profits. The objective of FRV is to help provide resources to food-insecure Americans by enhancing national awareness and participation in Food Recovery. This awareness should be directed at knowledge of the food recovery process and understanding recovery as a better alternative to the current problems of both food wastage and food insecurity.

You will be leading the charge for USDA & EPA Food waste reduction goals of 50% reduction by 2030. America wastes approximately 40% of the food it produces, and much of this waste occurs at the consumer-facing level. Donating surplus food can have a profound, positive impact on your community.


If you represent a food business or catered event that already recovers surplus food and donates it to a registered non-profit, fill out an application!

Once your application is processed we'll send you your FRV window sticker and will work with you one-on-one to make sure your food recovery program is as easy and effective as possible. It's that simple. 

You're already ahead of the curve — let people know it.


Food Recovery Verified Businesses


  • Arizona State University Athletics


  • Amine Boussaksou
  • Genentech Cafe 42
  • Genentech B-35
  • Genentech 1 DNA Way
  • Genentech B33
  • Genentech SSF Cafe 56
  • Genentech, Vacaville
  • Lani Flores South San Francisco
  • Menlo College Dining
  • Sharp Metropolitan Medical Campus Cafeteria/Mindful Cafe
  • Sodexo at Sharp Mesa Vista Hospital
  • Southern Kern USD
  • Windtower cafe, Genentech B25/26


  • Sodexo at St. Anne's Episcopal School


  • The Hotchkiss School


  • Emory University Dining
  • Oxford College of Emory University Dining


  • Straub Medical Center
  • University of Hawaii Manoa Dining Services


  • Moscow Food Co-Op


  • Drake University


  • Belvidere Community Unit School District 100
  • East Aurora School District 131
  • Museum of Science and Industry
  • West Aurora High School


  • Humana HUB


  • Asbury Methodist Village
  • St. Mary's College of Maryland
  • Butler's Orchard
  • Chef Tony's Restaurant
  • Custom Cake Design
  • Radisson Rockville Hotel


  • Endicott College Dining
  • Clark University Dining Services


  • Alma College
  • University of Michigan Athletics


  • Carleton College Dining

New Hampshire

  • Feed the Freezer/Colby-Sawyer College

New Jersey

  • Saint Peter's University Dining

New Mexico

  • New Mexico State University

New York

  • Ithaca College Dining Services
  • University at Albany

North Carolina

  • Fuqua School of Business Dining


  • Shawnee State Dining Services


  • Linfield College Dining
  • Reed College Dining


  • Ursinus College Dining Services
  • University of Pittsburgh Dining

South Carolina

  • University of South Carolina, Columbia


  • UVM Dining


  • Bon Appetit Management Co
  • Whitman College

Food Recovery Verified Events

Compass Group
March 1, 2016
Culinary Marketing Summit, Miami, FL

Food Tank
April 20, 2016
Food Tank Summit, Washington, DC

Food Tank
February 2, 2017
Food Tank Summit, Washington, DC

Mission Investors Exchange
May 10, 2016
Seizing the Momentum, Baltimore, MD

Specialty Food Association
June 26-28, 2016
Summer Fancy Food Show, New York City, NY
January 17-19, 2016

Winter Fancy Food Show, San Francisco, CA
June 28-30, 2015
Summer Fancy Food Show, New York City, NY


We've relaunched our certification program and created Food Recovery Verified (™), a network of food businesses and events committed to fighting waste and feeding  people. In an effort to be more inclusive and recognize all who choose to recover food, we are thrilled to officially expand FRN’s network to include verified partners beyond the higher education sector.

Read an updated copy of our new FRV terms and conditions here.

Food Recovery Verified. Join the network.