Become Food Recovery Verified


We work with a diverse range of food businesses and events. No matter the size or structure of your operation, our team is here to offer guidance on how you can start recovering food. Join our network and become a part of the movement to fight food waste and feed people!

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Before you begin the application process, please review the information below

FRV criteria

Food Business:

  • Must recover and donate edible, surplus food to a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization at least once per month

  • Complete three successful food recoveries before applying for first-time verification


  • Speak with a member of our team before applying for verification, you can do so here

  • Must submit an application at least 30 days before your event takes place

  • Ensure the event and food service representatives are aware of your interest in establishing a food recovery program. Our team can help with this!

Steps to verification

If you represent a business or event that already has a food recovery program established, you are welcome to apply for Food Recovery Verification today. If you do not have a program in place, follow the steps below to get started:

  1. Schedule a call with our team to discuss your unique food business or event

  2. Collaborate with us to create a tailored food recovery program and find a nonprofit partner

  3. Complete three successful food recoveries

  4. Apply for verification!

We will work with you every step of the way to help ensure you can become food recovery verified. Before you submit an application, be sure that your food business or event meets the criteria.

If you are uncertain about your eligibility based on the requirements above, we encourage you to schedule an inquiry call before you apply for verification. We will work with you to ensure you meet the qualifications to become Food Recovery Verified!


food recovery verified application


Join our network of passionate leaders tackling food waste in their communities.

There are three application options based on whether you are a food business applying for the first-time or renewing your annual verification, or if you are applying to verify an event. Please ensure you select the appropriate application before you begin.

Each application will take approximately 10-15 minutes to complete. We encourage you to have all the information you need on hand before you begin the application process.

  • Food business applicants will need:

    • General business information (name, address, etc.)

    • Individual contact information for the applicant

    • Contact information for your nonprofit partner organization

      *If you do not currently have a nonprofit partner, our team can help connect you! Schedule a call with us before you submit an application.

  • Event applicants will need:

    • Event date(s)

    • Location

    • Brief event description and number of expected attendees

    • Individual contact information for the applicant

    • Contact information for the person handling food service

If you experience technical difficulties during the application process, please contact us at


Ready to join the frv community? Apply today!


I’ve Applied! What’s Next?

The approval process can take 1-3 weeks as we communicate with your nonprofit partner regarding your food donations. Once your application is processed, we'll send you an FRV window sticker and digital logo to showcase your commitment to food recovery. Let people know about the great work you’re doing for the community and highlight your role as a leader in the food industry!

A member from our team will continue to work with you one-on-one to make sure your food recovery program is as easy and effective as possible. If challenges arise, you’ll have someone to turn to for help and guidance along the way. In one year, we’ll remind you to renew your verification. It's that simple.


Contact us


For additional questions, check out our FAQ page or schedule a call to speak with a team member. We’re here to support you in starting your food recovery program and look forward to welcoming you to our network!

Food Recovery Verified (™) is 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.