FRN Joins UN’s Zero Hunger Challenge
Over the past two years, the Food Recovery Network has provided nearly 190,000 meals to hungry Americans. Without FRN that food would have otherwise ended up in the landfill. We are building a strong and growing movement of college and university students across the country who are actively working to end hunger in their communities by recovering surplus perishable food from their campus dining halls and bringing it to local nonprofits.
FRN is proud to announce our participation in the United Nation’s Zero Hunger Challenge, a global initiative to end hunger in our lifetimes. FRN joins dozens of other nonprofits and UN programs working around the world to address food insecurity. The Zero Hunger Challenge encourages ”participation by a range of organizations, social movements and people around a common vision…to promote effective strategies, more investments and increased development cooperation, in line with existing national and international agreements. They strive for results and are accountable for their efforts – particularly to those who are hungry.”
The principles of the ZHC and its focus on solutions align readily with what we do at the Food Recovery Network. Wasted food drains our resources and causes environmental damage–consider the water used for irrigation, the air pollution caused from fossil fuel combustion as food is transported, and the 135 million tons of greenhouse gases emitted by food in landfills every year. Eliminating food waste and reducing the related environmental impacts will help increase the sustainability of our food systems overall. All FRN chapters not only fight waste and feed people, they also work to raise awareness around topics of food waste, hunger and food justice, reaching a collective 600,000 students and countless faculty, staff and community members.
We’ve welcomed 20 new chapters to the Food Recovery Network since August 2013, and aim to be on 1,000 campuses and to have donated 10 million pounds of food by 2018. We’re committed to solving the heavily intertwined issues of food waste and hunger in America. At 43 colleges and universities across the nation, it’s no longer the status quo to toss extra food into the trash at the end of the night–instead, a team of students swoop in and package up the extra lasagna, soup, taco meat, bread and other delicious and nutritious items and drive, bike or walk the items to shelters, transitional homes, after-school programs and other nonprofits that serve meals to the community.
College and university students are invited to join the Food Recovery Network in participating in the Zero Hunger Challenge by starting an FRN chapter on their campus. View our official chapters and chapters in the works, or apply to bring FRN to your campus.
This post was originally published by the Food Recovery Network; it is excerpted with permission.
This post does not reflect the views or opinion of the Zero Hunger Challenge, and does not imply endorsement by the United Nations.