“It is He Who has brought into being gardens, the cultivated and the wild, and date-palms, and fields with produce of all kinds, and olives and pomegranates, similar (in kind) and different. Eat of their fruit in season, but give (the poor) their due on harvest day. And do not waste, for God does not love the wasteful.” – Al-An’am 6:141
Meet ESF/SU Food Recovery Network President Shewa Shwani. Shewa, a CNY local & SUNY ESF sophomore is at the helm of a local chapter of the Food Recovery Network (FRN) which seeks to change dining hall wastefulness into a vehicle for collaboration and charitable donation to area shelters.
The Food Recovery Network (FRN) is about food sustainability, waste reduction and feeding the hungry. Last year, FRN at SUNY ESF saved over 6000 pounds of fresh, untouched food from college dining halls that would usually be thrown away and donated it to community groups in need. And that was just their first year!
This is your chance to be community change agent and pitch in to help FRN and Shewa’s efforts!
HOW CAN YOU HELP FRN?
VOLUNTEER: Syracuse University FRN is always looking for volunteers to help pick up meals and drop them off at local shelters. To find out how to pitch in email FRNESFSU@gmail.com.
DONATE: Yes please do & right on time! FRN is running an online fundraising campaign now through December 1st to help support their endeavor to reduce food waste. Click Food Recovery Network link to donate today! FRN has multiple donor levels from Good FRNdz, Best FRNdz to MVP, no contribution is too small (yes even a $10 & every donation is sincerely appreciated.
Food Recovery Network is the largest student movement against food waste and hunger in America.
In 2011, Ben Simon, Mia Zavalij and Cam Pascual, students at the University of Maryland, College Park noticed good dining hall food ending up in the trash at the end of the night. By the end of the school year, FRN at UMD had recovered 30,000 meals to DC-area partner agencies.
During the Spring 2012 semester, the second FRN chapter was founded at Brown University, and the two schools joined forces with two other campus food recovery programs at University of California, Berkeley and Pomona College.
In May 2013, the Sodexo Foundation provided FRN with founding funding to hire a full-time staff and transition into a professional nonprofit! Since then, we’ve swept the nation and made higher education the first sector where food recovery is the norm and not the exception.
By May 2016, we aim to be on 180 campuses and to have recovered 1.2 million pounds of food!