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Universities

Looking to get your Campus

 involved in Food Waste Prevention? 

 

There's a lot to plug into this year for Food Waste Prevention Week, and have we've put together some fantastic ways to help you educate and inspire everyone on campus.

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Food Recovery Network (FRN) is a nonprofit that unites students at colleges and universities, business leaders, and event planners to fight food waste and hunger by recovering perishable food that would otherwise go to waste and donating that food to hunger-fighting nonprofit organizations in their communities. To date, FRN's work has resulted in the recovery and
donation of 10.9 million pounds of surplus food, equivalent to 9 million meals served and over 4792 Metric Tons of CO2 emissions prevented.

FRN has some fantastic opportunities for businesseshigh school students and university students to get involved in making a real difference in their communities. Visit their website to learn more.

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Sharing Excess believes that everyone should have access to the basic resources they need to live a happy & healthy lives– especially when those same resources are going to waste by the billions. Not only does waste hurt our planet, but it's a missed opportunity for humanity. That's why they're committed to making it easier to share surplus in communities everywhere. Visit their website to learn more.

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Swipe Out Hunger is the leading nonprofit addressing hunger among college students. They promote on-campus solutions, policy and advocacy pathways, and community building practices to address student hunger. They work closely with leaders on-the-ground to not only ensure today’s students have access to meals, but to also address student hunger upstream with sustainable legislation and policies. Their national movement spans more than 750 colleges in all 50 states and Canada and has enabled 12.3 million nutritious meals to date. Visit their website to learn more

ideas to get your campus involved

Have Food to Donate, but not sure who to
contact to pick up?

Food recovery organizations are a great resource to help donate surplus food from your university. Some organizations are:

  • Food Recovery.org - Through our platform, we connect organizations with surplus food to communities in need, championing sustainability by diverting edible food away from landfills. All for free.

  • Food Rescue US - Using our web-based app, we engage volunteers to transfer fresh food surpluses from local businesses to social service agencies serving the food insecure.

  • Careit - Food donation and rescue software that makes it easy for businesses and institutions to donate surplus food and goods directly to local nonprofits.

Student food Waste Audit

Work with your dining hall to host a Weigh Your Waste Event.  See Chapman University's detailed case study.

Show a Documentary

Just Eat It: Filmmakers Feast for 6 Months on Discarded Food

Gather:  intimate portrait of the growing movement amongst Native Americans to reclaim their spiritual, political and cultural identities through food.

Community Service

Glean : Get together a group to glean harvests on the farm through the Society of St. Andrew or other local gleaning organization.

Food Pantry: Volunteer some time to help at your campus or local food pantry.

Social Media

Create TikTok or Social Media Videos showing easy way to reduce food waste.

Host a Speaker

Host a speaker event or hear from a community partner about food waste.  Need ideas? Reach out to hello@foodwastepreventionweek.com.

For an extensive list of food rescue organizations, please visit:

The Food Rescue Locator, which was created in partnership with the EPA, Food Recovery Network, Food Systems Collaborative, Food Rescue Alliance and Harvard Food Law & Policy Clinic.

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