So, you’ve decided you’re coming to FRN’s National Food Recovery Dialogue? Awesome! We can’t wait to see you there. We compiled a list of all the details you’ll need for navigating the big city with your FRNds for the first time!

The NFRD is November 4-5, 2017 and will take place at the University of the District of Columbia (UDC). If possible, you should arrive on Friday, November 3rd and stay through 5:30 p.m. on Sunday, November 5th.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact, schedule a phone call with our new Hotline, or text us at (240) 473-3778



Food Recovery Network is thrilled to be able to offer travel stipends and scholarships to students working with FRN chapters on their campuses.

Applications will be approved on a rolling basis between September 5, 2017 and October 13, 2017 or until all funding has been awarded. You can apply on the Grant Application page.

All funding is available on a first-come, first-served basis, and will be awarded based on (in no particular order) need, distance to be traveled and chapter standing/merit. Students involved in unofficial and official chapters are eligible to apply for and receive funding. Please be sure to coordinate with your FRNds; only submit one application for funding per chapter.

This funding will cover up to 75% of a chapter’s travel costs, up to $200 per individual, not to exceed more than $500 per chapter.

Other options for funding your trip to the NFRD:

  • Ask your school! Your student government, campus activities office, sustainability office and even dining services are all places to request for funding!


Within DC

Once you arrive in DC, metros and buses all require SmartTrip cards which are available for purchase at each metro station. They cost $10; $2 for the card and then $8 is credited for your travels. When entering a metro, you tap your card at the gate then tap it again when you leave, and the cost of your trip is calculated. If you’re on the bus, you tap it once for a flat rate.

Note: Metrorail opens at 7 a.m. on Saturday and 8 a.m. on Sunday.

New users for Lyft get $50 in free ride credits by using the code FRNLYFT and FRN receives $10 for every code used!


Getting to DC



  • This airport is about 8 miles away from UDC.

  • Taxi service from the airport to campus will cost approximately $40.00.

  • Lyft and Uber would be cheaper.

  • You can take the Metrorail from the airport. Take the Blue Line (toward Largo Town Center) transferring at the Metro Center Station to the Red Line (toward Shady Grove), and get off at Van Ness-UDC Station. From there, it is about a 6 minute walk to UDC.


  • Located near Herndon, Virginia, this airport is about 27 miles from UDC. Driving time is approximately 45 minutes.

  • Taxi service from the airport to campus will cost approximately $72.00.

  • The Metrorail/Silver Line Express bus costs $5 each way and takes you directly to Wiehle-Reston East Metrorail station, where you can take the Silver Line metro (toward Largo Town Center) then get off at Farragut West Station and walk to Farragut North Station where you take the Red Line towards Shady Grove. Get off at Van Ness-UDC Station and then walk about 6 minutes to UDC.

    • You cannot buy SmartTrip cards at Dulles, BUT you can use cash.

  • Super Shuttle is also a convenient option.


  • This is the option farthest away from UDC, so FRN National recommends that you book a flight to one of the other airports.

  • This airport is approximately 40 miles north of College Park. Driving time is a minimum of 50 minutes. Taxi service from the airport to campus will cost approximately $99.00. It’s best to anticipate a lot of traffic on I-95.

  • You can ride the bus from BWI Airport Stop 1--Concourse a/B to the Greenbelt Station. Then take the Green Line toward Branch Ave. Get off at Columbia Heights Station. From there, walk to Columbia Rd NW & 14th St NW to catch the Blue Line towards Tenleytown Station. Get off at Van Ness St & UDC Bldg #4 and walk about 2 minutes to UDC.


Visitor parking is available on UDC’s campus at the Van Ness Campus Garage (4200 Connecticut Avenue NW Washington, DC 20008) for about $20 a day or less for smaller periods of time.

If anyone needs assisting in connecting with other groups for carpooling, please reach out to us at and will be happy to connect you with others who are coming from the same area.


Megabus offers rides from many major cities to D.C. When you arrive at the Union Station, take the Red Line (toward Shady Grove) then get off at Van Ness St and walk about 2 minutes to UDC.


You could ride Amtrak to two stations in the area:

  1. Union Station (in D.C.) and then transfer to the Metro. Take the Red Line (toward Shady Grove) and get off at Van Ness St & UDC Bldg #4 and walk about 2 minutes to UDC.

  2. New Carrollton (Maryland) and then transfer to Metro, taking the Orange Line (toward Vienna/Fairfax) and transfer at Metro Center Station to the Red Line (toward Shady Grove) and get off at Van Ness St. From there, it is about a 6 minute walk to UDC.

NFRD 2017 housing

There are two different options for housing at NFRD. You can book a hotel or hostel with one of the groups that has offered a room block or discount to FRN OR you can choose to participate in the free housing that FRN National will facilitate.

hotels and hostels

The hotels listed below have set aside rooms for NFRD. No matter where you book, be sure to mention you are with the “Food Recovery Network” group. Confirm your check-in and check-out dates/times. Confirm the price per night. Please make reservations before the cut-off date listed for your chosen hotel. Otherwise, rooms may be released and the group rate is not guaranteed.

If you have any questions or issues with the booking process, contact

HighRoad Hostel DC

Address: 1804 Belmont Road NW, Washington, DC 20009

Phone: (202) 735-3622

Website (for direct booking): HighRoad Hostel

Discount: 20% off all dorm rooms and private rooms

Special Instructions:

  • Go to and click Book Now, then select your dates of stay, and then add promo code NFRD17

  • Bookings must be made online only and only through the hostel’s own website

  • Attendees must know the promo code and must book online directly; The front desk staff at the hostel cannot give out the promo code to anyone who calls or otherwise contacts them directly.

High Washington DC

Address: 1009 11th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20001 USA

Phone: +1-202-737-2333

Website: HI Washington DC

Discount: 5% off booking and waive $3 per night membership fee

Special Instructions: Use the code FRN17 when booking online

Free Housing

There will be FREE housing for Friday and Saturday nights at churches and community centers within walking distance of the UMD campus. It won’t be glamorous (you’ll need a sleeping bag and there may not be showers) but it will be free :)

If you intend to use free housing for NFRD, please fill out this form ASAP. Space is limited and students will be assigned housing on a first come, first serve basis. Housing will be assigned on a rolling basis and once you have filled out the form, expect to hear from us within 5 to 7 days.