Food Recovery Verified Accounts
More than 150 food businesses and events have joined the movement to fight food waste by feeding people in need. Check out our map to see what organizations we currently work with across the country or to find verified food businesses in your area. You may also find the full list of our verified food businesses and events here.
Food Recovery Verified Businesses Make a Difference
Check out the amazing work Food Recovery Verified businesses are doing in their local communities to combat food insecurity through food recovery.
FRV Program promotes strong partnerships
Since 2018, Overstock.com has donated surplus food from their onsite cafeteria, operated by Bon Appetit Management Co., to Waste Less Solutions, a 501c3 nonprofit organization on a mission to reduce food insecurity in Salt Lake City Utah through food rescue.
Dana Williamson, Founder and President of Waste Less Solutions, commented, “Both Overstock.com and Bon Appetit Food Management Co. have been fabulous business partners in the food recovery aspect. They are dedicated to reducing their food waste, and if there is any surplus food their kitchen staff make sure it’s packed for us to pick up and get to people in need right in their own community.”
With a food recovery program in place, Overstock.com has continued to develop their work with Waste Less Solutions offering more support. As FRN checked in with Ms. Williamson regarding the food recovery program, she commented, “Overstock.com has been a fantastic partner. They believe in our organization and have met with us to see how they can support our mission to eliminate food waste in Utah. Companies like this truly make a difference in our communities.” Together this dynamic team has even garnered local attention and community awareness for their work.
Food Recovery Verified sparks partnerships with students
Food Recovery Network’s (FRN) national office supports both students and businesses to recover and donate surplus food. In some cases this support leads to opportunities for collaboration between FRN student chapters and Food Recovery Verified (FRV) dining service providers on their campuses and exciting outcomes!
In some cases, FRN student chapters facilitate the food recoveries from the FRV dining service providers on their campus. This is the case at the University of Hawai'i Mānoa, located in Honolulu, HI. Since 2016, the Sodexo run dining service on the university campus has been Food Recovery Verified and they work in tandem with the FRN student chapter to identify, pack and deliver surplus food from the campus kitchens to their nonprofit partner, the Institute for Human Services Men’s Homeless Shelter. With a new semester in full swing, the FRN student chapter helped to recover over 300 pounds of food this month from dining services, all of which was donated to the Men’s Homeless Shelter.
In other instances, our FRV dining service providers provide support to students. The Colorado School of Mines, for example, recently revamped their food recovery program after learning about the level of food insecurity on their campus. Surplus food from Mines Dining, the dining service, is packed and donated to Blaster’s Basket, an on-campus food pantry that offers free food to students in need. Food donations occur one-three times per week, providing much needed support to the operation. When asked about the partnership between Mines Dining and Blaster’s Basket, Lisa Goberis, co-chair of the food pantry, said, “Mines Dining has always be great supporter of our efforts and we could not help as many students with them.”
Here at FRN National, it’s exciting to hear stories about the relationships that are built among our network of passionate individuals across the country. If you have a story to share about a great partnership, please email our team at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Food Recovery Verified Events Have Impact
No matter the scale of your event, food recovery can make a big difference. Read about some of our recent success stories from verified events!
National Association of Realtors launches food recovery INITIATIVE
Last month, Food Recovery Network (FRN) and the National Association of REALTORS® proudly announced a partnership, which will result in future National Association of REALTORS® events being Food Recovery Verified (FRV).
On August 13, 2019, FRN implemented a food recovery plan for the National Association of REALTORS® 2019 Leadership Week, which took place at the Sheraton Grand Hotel in Chicago, IL. The event featured the National Association of REALTORS® CEO Bob Goldberg addressing more than 1,500 presidents and association executives, highlighting the food recovery plan and explaining how the surplus food from the event would be donated to a hunger-fighting nonprofit in the Chicago area.
At the end of his remarks, Goldberg called upon the presidents and executives in the room to make a pledge and apply for their next events to be Food Recovery Verified. In response, Regina Anderson, Executive Director of Food Recovery Network, said, “I am blown away by Mr. Goldberg’s initiative to activate his community and address food waste across this industry. These are the kind of leadership opportunities that we dream about at FRN and we are thrilled to partner with National Association of REALTORS® to ensure that food recovery becomes the norm in this industry.”
Since the launch of this partnership, dozens of REALTOR® association members have contacted FRN to learn more about the Food Recovery Verified program and how they can start recovering and donating food from their events throughout the year. The FRV team has already established food recovery plans for two member events that took place in September with more than 10 additional event recoveries planned in the coming months.
Check out the full press release to learn more about Food Recovery Network’s partnership with National Association of REALTORS® and the work we’re accomplishing together.
Taste America Event Series Kick-Off
This year the James Beard Foundation (JBF) launched a food recovery partnership with Food Recovery Network (FRN) to ensure that food recovery programs are implemented for their Taste America event series. Taste America events feature culinary experiences crafted by James Beard Award winners, nominees, and participants in the Foundation's mission-forward Impact programs.
The first event was held on July 24, 2019 at Tribeca 360° in New York City and showcased a tasting-style reception with food provided by guest chefs from across the country. FRN secured a nonprofit partner to receive surplus food from the event while the James Beard Foundation team provided the chefs with detailed instructions on the food recovery effort.
As a result, over 200 pounds of food was recovered from the event and donated to Coalition for the Homeless NYC, a nonprofit organization that serves the homeless and under-served throughout New York City.
Our next Food Recovery Verified event in the Taste America series will be held on September 26, 2019 in Louisville, KY. For more details on the launch of our partnership with James Beard Foundation, read the full press release.