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Featured Speaker


Dani Nierenberg, the President and Co-Founder of Food Tank: The Food Think Tank, will be a featured speaker at National Food Recovery Dialogue 2019. We are incredibly excited to have world-renowned researcher, speaker, and food system and agriculture advocate, Dani, share her wisdom with our network. Dani began her career by earning a BA in Environmental Policy from Monmouth College in Illinois. She volunteered with farmers and urban schools in the Dominican Republic with the Peace Corps before furthering her formal education at Tufts University, earning a Masters of Science in Agriculture, Food and Environment. 

As a lifelong foodie and an avid world traveler, Dani served as a Food and Agricultural Senior Researcher and co-founded/directed the Nourishing the Planet project at the Worldwatch Institute from 2001 to 2012. This role took Nierenberg to Sub-Saharan Africa, searching for solutions to poverty and hunger in 30 countries. 

In 2013, Nierenberg co-founded the non-profit, Food Tank, which builds a network of information systems to explore environmentally sustainable ways of alleviating hunger, obesity, and poverty. 

In addition to being a non-profit entrepreneur, Dani is also an accomplished author and journalist. Her publications include Correcting Gender Myopia: Gender Equity, Women's Welfare, and the Environment; Happier Meals: Rethinking the Global Meat Industry; Eating Planet 2012. Most recently in 2015, Dani and Food Tank established the annual Good Food Org Guide with The James Beard Foundation, a directory of nonprofits working to better food systems. 

Dani’s extensive and diverse background in food sustainability and hunger reduction will inform her presentation as the NFRD 2019 featured speaker and inspire attendees to find solutions to sustaining the food recovery movement.


This Recovered Life

FRN students will share their experiences “on the front lines of food recovery” in a short speaker series called This Recovered Life.


Danielle Gardner was one of the co-founders of the FRN chapter at Lafayette College. Now a senior majoring in Civil and Environmental Engineering, she is passionate about showing others that taking environmental actions can be fun and engaging and can play a small part in making a much greater impact.

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Gustavo Silveira is a third-year chemical engineering major/economics minor at the University of Delaware, hailing from São Paulo, Brasil and Avondale, PA. This is his second year serving as president of UD’s FRN chapter. He is committed to FRN because its mission furthers nothing less than justice itself on one of the most fundamental levels.


Angela Lin is in her third and last year at the University of Michigan studying English and the Environment. After a summer internship with Herman Miller, she is the current president of her FRN chapter and the Communications and Outreach chair for the Student Sustainability Initiative.


On Saturday, October 5th, we will have three breakout sessions, each including six or seven workshops lead by students, FRN National staff, and leaders in the food recovery movement. The breakout sessions begin at 1pm, 2pm, and 3pm, and will last for 45 minutes each. The schedule for specific workshops can be found in the program guide, given to attendees at registration on Saturday.


Towards Cleaner Plates: A Study of Plate Waste in Food Service led by Maggie Kraft

Why do people leave food on their plates? Explore the results of an innovative study from Bon Appetit Management Company in collaboration with NRDC.

Maggie is the Waste Specialist for Bon Appetit Management Company, a dining service provider that recovers food with FRN. She enjoys connecting and supporting FRN chapters with chefs and managers to reduce waste and feed people instead of landfills.

Engaging Campus Communities Beyond Recoveries led by Becky Stromfeld

Learn how one FRN chapter engages with the campus community beyond food recovery!

Becky is a recent graduate of the Syracuse University College of Sciences and Forestry, where she served as the president of Syracuse’s FRN chapter. Becky is excited to share Syracuse FRN’s out-of-the-box fundraising and awareness campaigns to inspire chapters to increase their presence on campus.

Faith & Food Recovery: Judeo-Christian Perspectives for Food Justice led by Dominique McMillan

Attendees will discuss and have a chance to understand the impact faith-driven service has on food recovery.

Dominique McMillan serves as the Program and Outreach Fellow at FRN. She recognizes that her faith plays a vital role in her fight against food waste and food insecurity. She hopes to get more people aware of the efforts people of faith are working to combat climate change and food waste. 

Volunteer Recruitment & Management led by Heather Banikas

One aspect of a strong chapter? A strong volunteer base. Come learn some common barriers to volunteer retention and ideas for recruiting volunteers!

Heather serves in as the Research and Outreach AmeriCorps VISTA at Food Recovery Network. She is looking forward to sharing her knowledge and empowering attendees to build a strong volunteer base for food recoveries. 


Food Recovery Verified: Creating Food Recovery Programs for Businesses & Events led by Erin Price

Learn about FRN’s Food Recovery Verified program and how to implement a food recovery program for businesses and events.

Erin serves as the Food Recovery Verified Fellow at Food Recovery Network, supporting the growth and development of the Food Recovery Verified Program. In this role, she consults with food businesses and events to help design and implement food recovery programs that meet their needs.


Organizing your Community While Moving Out led by Sean Strader

Learn how to effectively organize an event at multiple locations based on the 2019 Move Out for Hunger.

Sean is a Food Recovery Verified VISTA at Food Recovery Network and has always had a passion for community organizing and environmental justice. He is excited to share his experience as a lead organizer for the Move Out For Hunger program in 2019.


Food Rescue: Our Story, Our Impact led by Shontae Smarr

Take a journey through Philly Food Rescue’s story as a program and identify best practices we have learned through our work.

Shontae Smarr is a passionate advocate for communities without access to the necessary resources to lead a thriving and healthy life. She is the director of the Philly Food Rescue program with Uplift Solutions that coordinates last-mile transportation to engage a network of volunteers via an App. Volunteers rescue surplus food from food donors that is re-routed to community partners who serve those with limited access to food.


Engaging 2020 Candidates led by Robert Egger

Let’s get FRN members to engage 2020 candidates and talk about hunger, the environment & the future.

Robert Egger is the Founder of L.A. Kitchen a social enterprise driven nonprofit that recycles fruits and produce, trains people for jobs and produces healthy meals. Prior to this, Robert founded and led the DC Central Kitchen, which provides meals from donated food and job training programs for the unemployed.


Band-Aids & Cures: Alleviating Hunger with Hospital Food Pantries led by Meryl Davis

At Feed1st, we understand that while hungry, someone can't fully focus on their health on a whole. This is why we feed first, ask questions later.

Meryl Davis is a Research Assistant with the Feed1st Food Pantry at University of Chicago. She began her involvement with FRN when she founded the Knox College chapter in 2016. Meryl served on the FRN Student and Alumni Advisory Board from 2017-2019 and as the Housing Chair on this year’s NFRD Host Committee.  

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Freedge Yourself: How to Start a Community Fridge led by Ernst Bertone Oehninger

Learn the ins and outs of implementing community Fridges from the co-founder of Freedge and how they can be a powerful tool for food recovery.

Ernst is a Farmer, Agronomist, Natural Resource Economist, and Ecologist, and the Co-Founder of Freedge: a sharing community fridge program mechanism aiming to reduce food waste and build a stronger community.


Fundraising Tactics & Tools led by Cate Gluys

How to effectively fundraise for your FRN chapter through campaigns and events.

Introduction to Givebutter, FRN’s New Fundraising Platform led by Cate Gluys

An introduction to the Givebutter fundraising platform and online fundraising campaigns.

Cate Gluys is the Development and Special Events Fellow at Food Recovery Network. They have over 8 years of fundraising and nonprofit development experience, primarily focused on supporting sexual and reproductive justice work.


ENGAGE-PA: Conversations after the 2019 Partner Agency Survey Report led by Chrycka Harper

A dialogue to explore the chapter-PA relationship and how it can sustain the movement.

Chrycka serves as the Program Evaluation VISTA at FRN. She is responsible for assisting in the Evaluation goals of the organization including survey and data analysis and reporting. Chrycka enjoys using data and evaluation methods to share creative stories through multiple platforms.


CSUN Sustainable Food Systems led by Frida Endinjok

This workshop will address how sustainable food systems are established and sustained at a large university. 

Frida Endinjok is a Master of Public Health student with a background in nutrition and sustainability. She is one of the founders of the CSUN FRN chapter, which she led for two years as president. She is currently the Executive Chair for SAAB.


Growing Together: Strategies for Chapter Expansion within the FRN Movement led by Brendon Lin & Grace Liao

Once an FRN chapter is established, the next question to ask is, “What now?”

Brendon is a dedicated member of the Carleton FRN chapter. Grace Liao serves as a Program Director for the Carleton University FRN Chapter and is an FRN Regional Outreach Coordinator. They look forward to sharing their FRN experiences and learning from new FRNds!


Metrics Matter led by Jennifer Schmitt

This workshop will address the importance of data and metrics to meet goals.

Jennifer Schmidt is the program director and lead scientist for the NorthStar Initiative for Sustainable Enterprise at the University of Minnesota’s Institute on the Environment. Jennifer also serves on the FRN Board of Directors.


College Student Hunger: How to Create a More food Secure Campus led by Josie Johnson

This workshop will cover the topic of college student food insecurity and the new advocacy guide that FRN members can utilize to help alleviate hunger on their campus. 

Josie Johnson is a native of Austin, Texas, and attends Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, Texas, studying Nutritional Sciences. At TCU, Josie serves as the president of TCU’s Food Recovery Network chapter. This summer Josie worked as an intern at FRN national through the Zero Hunger Internship program put on by the Congressional Hunger Center.

Frequently Asked Questions

General and Registration Questions

How can I contact the organizer with any questions?

Email FRN’s Program Manager, hc at nfrd@foodrecoverynetwork.org with any questions, comments or concerns.

What's the refund policy?

If you are no longer able to attend, we encourage you to pass your ticket to someone else who can use it. You may request a 100% refund until August 31st. After that date, we are not able to provide refunds. 

Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?

Nope, we will have your name on our registration list. 

Can I update my registration information?

Sure, email us at nfrd@foodrecoverynetwork.org with any updates.

Is my registration transferrable?

Yes, you can email us at nfrd@foodrecoverynetwork.org with the information of the new attendee.

Who can attend? 

NFRD is open to all people interested in food recovery, justice, sustainability and areas of the like. Food industry professionals, FRN partner agencies, FRN students and alumni will be in attendance. 

We have to leave early on Sunday. Is that ok? 

We recognize that people may be traveling Sunday afternoon. Our day will officially wrap up at 3pm, with time saved until 5pm for networking and project planning. You are free to leave whenever you may need to. We will miss you, though! 

I think I am supposed to get free registration to this event? 

Those eligible for free registration: TRL speakers, SAAB, ROCs, volunteers, 2017 hackathon winners, 2017 Throwdown winners, NFRD Host Committee members and FRN Interns. Email nfrd@foodrecoverynetwork.org if you think you need a free registration code but have not been sent one yet.

What is the BestFRNds Registration option? 

After Early-Bird Registration closes on August 31st, two people registering together using the BestFRNds option will receive a $10 discount from the total registration price. 

How can I get a discount on registration?

Apply to volunteer to have your registration costs covered. This Recovered Life speakers also receive free registration to NFRD. Apply here: Volunteer Application Form, This Recovered Life Speaker Application. FRN student members (CHIPs and Chapters) and alumni have been emailed a discount code for $20 off. Additionally, sign up with a friend using the BestFRNds option (available 9/1) for a $10 discount.

What should I wear? 

On Saturday, attendees will be dressed in casual to business casual attire. Whatever makes you feel comfortable that also puts your best foot forward. You might want to bring a sweater or dress in layers. The conference room might get cold. Try to avoid pajamas/sweats if possible. 

On Sunday, we will be taking a group picture. FRN and school spiritwear are encouraged!

What should I bring?

A notebook and a pen for writing down all the exciting ideas you will generate this weekend. A reusable water bottle and coffee cup if you wish. We will be providing drip coffee and hot tea throughout the event. If you have a silverware kit (ie. bamboo fork and knife), bringing these can help reduce our waste! If you have them available, business cards to exchange with people you meet will help remain in contact and continue to support each other’s food recovery ideas and actions after NFRD ends. You may want to bring a few copies of your resume for the Expo. Exhibitors might have job or educational opportunities they are promoting. 


Will food be provided?

Yes, breakfast and lunch will be provided both days. Snacks, coffee, water etc. will be available during break times throughout the day. Snacks include: Cliff, Luna, and Regrained Bars.

Can my allergies or dietary preferences be accomodated?

The menu includes mostly plant-based options. Vegans and vegetarians will eat easy. There will be full meal options for those with soy, nuts, dairy, fish, wheat/gluten allergies as well. Please indicate on your registration form any specific dietary needs you may have that we should be aware of. 

Purchasing food in the area?

There are vending machines in the building and several restaurants and cafes in the area. Restaurants in 10 minute walking distance/ 5 block radius: 

Zavino - Pizza and Italian, Shake Shack (fast/takeout), Wahoo’s Fish Tacos, Co-op Restaurant and Lounge -seasonal American, Ochato - Japanese, noodles (fast/takeout), Baby Blues BBQ, Goldie - Falafel (fast/takeout), Bernie’s Restaurant - American, White Dog Cafe - American, Pod, Louie Louie - European, Axis Pizza, Blaze Pizza (fast/takeout), Ramen Bar, Han Dynasty - Chinese, Landmark Americana - sports bar, Waterfront Gourmet Cafe and Deli - American, Mai’s Oriental Food, Cucina Zapata - Thai and mexican, Walnut Street Cafe - American, Sunset Social - Burgers, The Market Tavern - Irish pub, CVS, 7/11


  • Joe Coffee Company - student run coffee shop, can access from the Creese student center

  • Saxbys - in the PISB building where we are doing breakout sessions

  • Starbucks - across the street from the Creese student center (plus 2 others in walking distance)

  • United by Blue - shop and coffee house two blocks from Creese student center

  • .Wawa - two blocks east of Creese


How do I apply to host a workshop?

Follow this link if you are interested in hosting a breakout session. From volunteer recruitment to social media to hotel food recoveries, we are accepting workshop proposals of all kinds from students, staff advisors, and professionals. The application closes August 31st. NFRD 2019 Workshop Proposal Form

How do I apply to participate in the expo?

If you are representing an organization or a small/local business that values and supports the food recovery, food justice and sustainability movements, use this link to apply for a booth at the NFRD 2019 expo. Expo Application Form

My FRN chapter wants to get involved in NFRD behind the scenes. What can we do?

Chapters can host a workshop on a specific obstacle you have overcome in your food recovery, share research you have conducted, volunteer at the event, be social media interns for the event weekend, and serve as free housing leaders. NFRD 2019 Workshop Proposal Form, Academic Showcase Interest Form, Volunteer Application Form, email nfrd@foodrecoverynetwork.org with questions.

What’s on the agenda/ What can I expect to learn? 

Use this link to find the NFRD 2019 schedule. The general format is: Saturday we will listen to speakers, participate in dialogues and breakout sessions to learn about the complexities of food recovery. At the end of the day on Saturday we will come together and share summaries from each breakout session to get a sense of what each group talked about, so you won’t miss out on any of the topics being presented! On Sunday, we will take our gained collective knowledge and create plans to implement creative solutions to food waste and food insecurity in our individual communities and nationally. Topics for the programming will range from operational best practices for FRN chapters, to policy advocacy, to technology’s place in food waste reduction. If you are interested in hosting a breakout session, please fill out this form before August 31st. NFRD 2019 Workshop Proposal Form

Who will be speaking?

  • Dani Nierenberg, the President of Food Tank is the Keynote speaker. She is looking forward to sharing her food justice and sustainability journey and inspiration for growing the movement.

  • This Recovered Life - there will be a few short talks by FRN students about their experiences “on the front lines of food recovery”

  • Food upcycling entrepreneurs - folks whose business take recovered food and turn it into a  gourmet food item

  • FRN National staff  / summer interns / advocacy ambassadors will lead workshops on

    • Move Out for Hunger

    • Fundraising platforms

    • Engaging PAs in the community

    • Student food insecurity advocacy

    • Food recovery advocacy 

  • More updates will be added soon! 

How can my company/organization get involved?

Sponsorship opportunities at different levels are on the website Sponsor NFRD 2019. We are striving to make sure that no one turns down attending NFRD because they cannot afford it. That is why your sponsorship will go toward travel stipends for FRN student and alumni members. In-kind donations are also accepted; we are looking for snack donations for 350 people as well as sustainable items to provide to attendees (ex. reusable bags, utensils, upcycled pens and notebooks, coffee mugs). Host a workshop/breakout session showcasing what you are doing for food justice, sustainability, community engagement and the like, and to help generate creative solutions to food waste and hunger. Represent your company/org at the Expo taking place both Saturday and Sunday with direct exposure to 350 student leaders and food recovery enthusiasts. NFRD 2019 Workshop Proposal Form, Expo Application Form. Contact nfrd@foodrecoverynetwork.org with questions. 

TRAVEL Questions

Which airport should I fly into for NFRD?

Philadelphia International Airport (PHL)

What about Parking?

Daily and hourly parking options are available on campus in the following lots: A, C, and S and the Parking Garage (G). Lot G has parking for a flat rate of $10 on the weekends (7am-7pm). The other lots listed are pay-as-you-stay but have time limitations. The Passport Parking App is required for payment on weekends in lots A and S. Cash and card are accepted elsewhere. More information can be found here: Drexel Parking.

How to get around Philly?

 Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) is one of the most comprehensive bus/rail/trolley lines in the country. 

Train: The Market-Frankford Line runs on Market Street; 34th Street Station is a main stop right in front of campus. Look for blue train signs. 

Trolley: The13th-Market to 63rd-Malvern trolley route runs adjacent to Drexel as well. Trolley signs are green. 

Bus: Bus routes 21, 30, 31, 42, and the LUCY loops are convenient to the university too. Additional routes are available from nearby 30th Street Station. Bus signs are located on poles near street corners. Amtrak also operates out of the 30th Street Station. 

Travel Payment Assistance?

Chapters, CHIPs and Alumni can apply for a travel stipend here: FRN Chapter Travel Stipend Application This funding can cover up to 75% of a chapter’s travel costs, no more than $200 allotted per individual, and not to exceed more than $500 per chapter. Due to the limited resources available, we highly recommend combining funding sources by applying for the FRN travel stipend in conjunction with Student Center or Student Government funding.

LODGING Questions

What lodging is available for NFRD?

Free Lodging: FRN has limited space available for free housing. Please follow the link: 2019 NFRD Housing Information to apply. If you apply for this, you will be placed in a place of worship for the night and expected to bring your belongings with you to the conference center. There will be storage space available at Drexel once you arrive. 

Discounted Hotel: FRN was able to get a group discount at Holiday Inn Philadelphia W (5400 Ferne Blvd., Drexel Hill PA 19026). Be sure to use the passcode FRN to take advantage of this!  

Hostel: Check out the local hostel for your group, book early! Apple Hostels and City House Hostel

What does free lodging entail?

It will vary based on the house of worship to which you are assigned, but, for the most part, it will mean bringing your own sleeping bag and sleeping on the floor with other NFRD attendees. There are no showers at these houses of worship.

If I signed up for free lodging, when will I hear what my assignment is?

Housing for the weekend will be assigned on a rolling basis. You should hear from FRN National about your specific assignment within 5 to 7 days of filling out the Free Housing Application.

How many spaces are there for free lodging?

We will house as many people as we comfortably can. To ensure that you get housing, please fill out the Free Housing Application ASAP.