On Monday, September 22, we began a pilot program thanks to a partnership between Missouri State University’s Dining Services, Ozarks Food Harvest and national organization, The Food Recovery Network.
Every year, the Food Recovery Network (FRN) unites students at colleges and universities to fight food waste and hunger by recovering perishable food that would otherwise go to waste from their campuses and the surrounding communities and donating it to people in need. Since September 2011, FRN has donated nearly 500,000 pounds of food.
Students at MSU’s Ozarks Public Health Institute have formed a local FRN chapter and have recovered 269 pounds of ready-to-eat food from Blair-Shannon Dining Hall that could have otherwise gone to waste. The food is being donated to the South Side and Northview senior centers in Springfield, Missouri. Types of food being recovered include fresh fruit, meats and beans, rice and pasta dishes as well as milk – all of which provide nutritious supplements to existing menus.
Our pilot program ended on October 17th, which lasted approximately four weeks. Since then, OPHI, Missouri State Dining Services and our partner agencies have collaborated to share stories, successes and the continuum of the program.
To learn more about the food recovery program pilot, join us tomorrow, October 24, at the MSU Plaster Student Union Food Day event .