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UMD Students Recover Dining Hall Food, Feed Needy

The Food Recovery Network, founded by UMD student Ben Simon, donates leftover college dining hall food to the hungry.

Tired of seeing uneaten food from his UMD dining hall go to waste when so many in the area were going hungry, Ben Simon decided something needed to be done. 

So, he and a friend founded The Food Recovery Network. Active on 13 college campuses nationwide, the program helps to come up with ways to distribute uneaten dining hall food, reported MSNBC.

The program, Simon told MSNBC, gives students a way to give back, helps universities improve their bottom line by reducing food waste, and helps feed hungry people in the area. 

According to MSNBC, although The Food Recovery Network began as a project at UMD, after learning that 75 percent of colleges and universities did not have food recovery programs, Simon, with the help of UMD, worked to expand the program.

For more information on The Food Recovery Network, read the full article on MSNBC.

Jay Friedman January 30, 2013 at 01:30 AM
Thank you for posting this. Even though the organization has had lots of press, I had not been aware of it. Great to see the college students in a very positive light. UMD should be proud to have these kids on campus.

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