Food Recovery Network
In the United States, about one third of all food is wasted, while about one in six Americans is food insecure. Food waste has significant environmental impacts, such as wasted energy, soil degradation, water pollution, and loss of biodiversity. The Food Recovery Network is a national organization with chapters at over 230 colleges and universities. It is a student-run organization that works to mitigate the environmental and social impacts of food waste through recovering leftover food from dining locations and donating that food to people in need. The WKU chapter of the Food Recovery Network was founded in January of 2019. In its first semester, it recovered over 750 pounds of food from three dining locations (Einstein Bros. Bagels, Java City and DaVinci’s) and donated that food to five different community organizations that feed people in need. The chapter plans to continue to expand and recover food from more locations, in turn feeding more people in need.