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
  • Loyola Marymount University Hospitality
  • Pitzer College McConnell Dining Hall
  • Point Loma Nazarene University Dining Services
  • San Francisco State University Dining Services
  • Santa Clara University Dining Services
  • Sharp Metropolitan Medical Campus Cafeteria/Mindful Cafe
  • Sodexo at Sharp Mesa Vista Hospital
  • Southern Kern USD
  • The Thacher School
  • Windtower cafe, Genentech B25/26


  • Adams State University
  • Colorado Mountain College Steamboat Springs Dining Services
  • Mines Dining
  • Regis University
  • Sodexo at St. Anne's Episcopal School


  • The Hotchkiss School
  • University of Bridgeport Dining Services
  • Wesleyan University Dining


  • Rollins College Dining Services


  • Oxford College of Emory University Dining


  • Straub Medical Center
  • University of Hawaii Manoa Dining Services

  • Moscow Food Co-Op


  • Belvidere Community Unit School District 100
  • East Aurora Community Unit School District 131
  • Geneva Community Unit School District 304
  • Northwestern University Dining Services
  • West Aurora High School
  • Wheaton College Dining Services


  • Rose-Hulman Union Cafe


  • Drake University


  • Humana HUB


  • Asbury Methodist Village
  • Butler's Orchard
  • Chef Tony's Restaurant
  • College Park Marriott Hotel and Conference Center
  • Custom Cake Design
  • Crossroads Cafe @ Rio
  • Radisson Rockville Hotel
  • St. Mary's College of Maryland


  • Clark University Dining Services
  • Nichols College Lombard Dining Hall


  • Alma College
  • Calvin College Dining Services
  • 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
  • Marist College
  • University at Albany

North Carolina

  • Duke University Fuqua School of Business Dining


  • Denison University Dining
  • Overlin College Dining Services
  • Provenance at The Cleveland Museum of Art
  • Shawnee State Dining Services


  • University of Tulsa Dining Services


  • Bon Appetit at Adidas
  • Linfield College Dining
  • Reed College Dining Services


  • University of Pittsburgh Dining
  • Ursinus College Dining Services

South Carolina

  • Furman Univeristy Dining Services


  • Weber State University


  • UVM Dining


  • Averett University Dining


  • St. Martin's University
  • Whitman College
  • Zulily


  • Marquette University Dining Services

Food Recovery Verified Events

Specialty Food Association
2017 Summer Fancy Food Show

  • New York City, NY
  • June 25-27, 2017

  • 2017 Winter Fancy Food Show
  • San Francisco, CA
  • January 22-24, 2017

  • 2016 Summer Fancy Food Show
  • New York City, NY
  • June 26-28, 2016

  • 2016 Winter Fancy Food Show
  • New York City, NY
  • January 17-19, 2016

  • 2015 Summer Fancy Food Show
  • New York City, NY
  • June 28-30, 2015
  • Consumer Federation
    National Food Policy Conference

  • Washington, D.C.
  • April 11, 2017
  • Smart and Sustainable Campuses Conferences
    Smart and Sustainable 2017

  • Hyattsville, MD
  • March 27, 2017
  • Food Tank
    2017 Food Tank Summit

  • Washington, D.C.
  • February 2, 2017

  • 2016 Food Tank Summit
  • Washington, D.C.
  • April 20, 2016
  • Mission Investors Exchange
    Seizing the Momentum

  • Baltimore, MD
  • May 10, 2016
  • Compass Group
    Culinary Marketing Summit

  • Miami, FL
  • March 1, 2016

    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.