UNC’s Food Recovery Network (FRN), a student-run food waste prevention club, will continue to run its services in one way or another, despite having a shrinking pool of volunteers.
The Food Recovery Network is a national organization geared toward teaming up with college students to fight waste and feed hungry people. They have over 230 chapters across the country, including one at UNC.
Since its founding in 2014, the UNC chapter has paired with Panera Bread, Beach Café and Café McColl to save food that would have otherwise been thrown away and donate it to homeless shelters. Each week, volunteers go on three runs – one to each restaurant – to pick up food and deliver it to people in need.
In the past year alone, the club has donated 545 pounds of food.
The Inter-Faith Council for Social Service, a Chapel Hill-Carrboro nonprofit, receives donations from FRN through HomeStart and Community Kitchen.