Food Recovery Network
The Food Recovery Network is a national student run organization with chapters at universities all across America. The primary purpose is to recover food that would otherwise be thrown out and to repurpose it for local communities. Food that would be normally channeled into compost stream is instead donated and repurposed where it is effectively utilized. Since our initial partnership with the Food Recovery Network in 2016, we have donated over 1,300 pounds of food to local shelters. https://www.foodrecoverynetwork.org/
We work closely with local produce distributors to maximize our fruits and vegetables purchased from local farms. Our commitment includes sourcing our dairy purchase from local farms, and to participate in a broad range of farm-to-school initiatives. Tracking local purchases helps us to meet our Better Tomorrow Plan commitment of 20% “Real Food” local purchase by 2020.
Food waste in landfills creates methane, a greenhouse gas which is 21 times more potent than CO2 (www.epa.gov). Our first priority is to reduce food waste. We compost food waste that is unavoidable which reduces greenhouse gas emissions and can also be used to amend soil thereby increasing drought tolerance, improving soil structure and health and reducing need for water and fertilizers.