This #GivingTuesday Help Students Change Lives with Leftovers
When it comes to food insecurity in the United States, the statistics are overwhelming. Over 48 million people live in food insecure households. Each day, one in seven Americans do not know where their next meal will come from.
Despite these shocking figures, it is estimated by the EPA that Americans waste 68 billion pounds of food each year. That is enough to fill up the Rose Bowl every day!
A group of students from the University of Maryland, College Park noticed this massive amount of waste occurring at their student dining hall and sports stadiums. The excess food following events and daily meals was simply discarded in landfills and composting facilities. Everyone hated to see good food go to waste, when families in their city were going hungry.
Because of this, the students created the Food Recovery Network. Since 2011, the national 501(c)(3) non-profit has established chapters at over 90 colleges and universities that deliver viable leftovers to shelters, schools, and more. The organization has donated more than 420,000 pounds of food, resulting in 335,000 meals to community hunger-fighting agencies.
Students volunteer time and transportation to get the meals to those in need. The group’s only operating cost is for the trays in which the leftover food is safely and effectively packaged. That is where you can help!
This Giving Tuesday, purchase a Gift That Gives More™ to help students across the United States change the lives for men, women, and children in need. Each tray used by the Food Recovery Network costs $1.50 and can hold 15 meals. This means that with a contribution of as little as $5, you can help provide a nutritious meal for 50 people.
In addition, by making a donation to support the Food Recovery Network’s mission on Giving Tuesday, you will get free shipping on your entire order from GreaterGood.com. Don’t wait! Click here to eliminate food waste and ensure excess food is given to people dealing with food insecurity.