You know how I feel about good news. I love spreading good news. All the negative crap out there, saturating our news, gets really sickening. Stumbled on this AWESOME idea, put together by a guy who just simply didn't look the other way. Our Cities Staffer, Stephanie, wrote this up, summarizing the Food Recovery Network......
The Food Recovery Network is an organization that unites students at colleges and universities to fight food waste and hunger by recovering surplus perishable food from their campuses and surrounding communities that would otherwise go to waste and donating it to people in need.
Founder, Ben Simon, created the organization after he realized that his college cafeteria was just dumping tons and tons of food every single day. Instead of just ignoring the huge amount of waste, he decided to act upon it. Simon started collecting the leftovers from the cafeteria nightly and dropped them off at a local charity.
Founded in just 2011, The Food Recovery Network has already donated a grand total of 267,000 pounds of food. The organization has grown to include chapters at 46 colleges and universities in 21 states. The craziest part of the story is that it's just such a simple thing to do. Who would've thought to actually THINK about the food thrown out at a huge cafeteria every single day? Just goes to show how far just a little thought and some innovation can really go.