• Cornell University

     
    FOOD RECOVERY NETWORK
     

  • SERVING TOMPKINS COUNTY

    As the Cornell Chapter of the Food Recovery Network, we couple two community problems into one innovative solution. We reduce dining food waste and at the same time tackle our community's hunger by donating surplus meals from Cornell's dining halls to local food pantries. Rather than ending up in the compost, Cornell's extra food now finds itself where it's most at home-- in the hands of the hungry.
     

    On Cornell's campus, our team began recovering food from Becker House Dining Hall in Spring 2014. Surplus meals from the dining hall are donated to the Friendship Donation Network, where they are redistributed to pantries all over the county.

     

    The national organization was founded in 2011 by Ben Simon, then a Maryland University student, who sought to fight waste and feed people by donating dining hall leftovers to his local food pantry. Since then, the organization has grown to more than 198 college campuses, and has donated over 1.76 million pounds of food.

     

     

    ABOUT OUR CHAPTER

    We recover at four dining halls on campus five times per week: Becker House (Thursday), Cook House (Monday), Okenshields (Friday), and Robert Purcell Marketplace Eatery (Monday and Thursday). Two to five volunteers go into the dining hall as it is about to close and package the food. The food is then picked up by a driver, who delivers it to Friendship Donation Network in Downtown Ithaca.

     

    In addition to dining halls, we also recover food from other events on Cornell's campus as well as local farms (called gleaning). We also host other events focused on food waste, food justice, and food insecurity on campus, such as documentary screenings and speaker events.

     

    We could not do any of this without the help of our large general body as well as volunteers from other organizations at Cornell including Alpha Phi Omega (APO), Phi Delta Epsilon (PhiDE), and the Pre-Professional Associaton Towards Careers in Health (PATCH). General body members are required to do one recovery per cycle and there are three cycles per semester. Any G-Body member who has been on at least one recovery can apply to be on the Officer Board. O-Board members lead two recoveries per cycle. We have G-Body and O-Board meetings each once a month and open E-Board meetings once a week.

     

    If you are passionate about reducing food waste and fighting food insecurity in Tompkins County, join us!

     

     

  • UPCOMING EVENTS AND COLLABORATIONS

    E-Board Meetings

    Every Wednesday at 5:30

    Willard Straight Hall, Loft 2

    EXCEPTIONS:

    All are welcome to join E-Board members during meetings. We love getting to know our members!

     

    Next G-Body Meeting

    February 5, 2020

    Uris G20

     

    First G-Body of the semester! Make sure you come by to learn about upcoming events, opportunities in leadership roles, and fill out your availability for the very first volunteer cycle of the semester.

     

  • Interested in getting more involved?

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  • APPLICATIONS

    Click on the Blue to apply!

     

    Recovery Officer Application ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS SPRING 2020 SEMESTER

    Recovery Officers are responsible for leading our dining hall recoveries. As a Recovery Officer, you will be actively managing and teaching your volunteers while directing your recovery to ensure that everything goes smoothly. Recovery Officers are required to participate in 1 training recovery per semester, lead 2 recoveries per cycle, and attend monthly meetings with other FRN officers.
    Qualifications: Has attended at least 1-2 recoveries during time in FRN
    Training will occur prior to your first solo recovery (within the limits of the requirements stated above), so we encourage everybody with the necessary qualifications to apply even if you do not feel completely comfortable leading a dining hall recovery yet.

  • Please meet our

    PARTNERS!

  • OUR PARTNERS

    Fighting Waste. Feeding People.

    Partner Organization
    Becker House Dining Room, West Campus
    Cook House Dining Room, West Campus
    Okenshields Dining Room, Central Campus
    Robert Purcell Marketplace Eatery, North Campus

    Cornell Dining is committed to serving high-quality foods that are healthy and creatively prepared with genuine care for a diverse community. Their food has consistently been ranked as some of the best in the nation, provided by universities, such as the Princeton Review, and they take pride in providing a rich dining experience, not just a meal.
     
    Cornell Dining has been an important partner organization for us throughout this project. Without their cooperation, safe and easy food recoveries would not be possible.
    Partner Organization
    Ithaca, NY

    Founded in 1988 by Sara Pines, MSW, PhD, Friendship Donations Network (FDN) redistributes fresh, nutritious food that would otherwise be thrown away in stores and farms to neighbors in need. Each year, FDN diverts over 500,000 pounds of food to feed the hungry.

     

    FDN accomplishes its mission through an extensive network of volunteers who pick up donations of mostly perishable surplus food and deliver them to community pantries and programs. Combined, the pantries and programs serve over 2,100 people weekly.

  • Please meet our

    FOOD RECOVERY NETWORK DIRECTORS (FRNDS)

  • OUR FRN EBOARD

    Kiki Lo

    Logistical Coordinator

    Hometown: San Francisco, CA
    Major: Environmental Engineering
    Involvement on Campus: 
    Alpha Phi Omega
    Club water polo
     

    Karissa DiPierro

    Director of Dining Relations

    Hometown: Carmel, NY

    Major: Nutritional Sciences

    Involvement on Campus:

    PATCH

     

     

    Brianna Johnson

    Secretary

    Hometown: Kintnersville, PA
    Major: Biology
    Involvement on Campus:

    Gore Lab Research Assistant

    Farmer's Market at Cornell

    Ellenor Chi

    Treasurer

    Hometown: Salt Lake City, UT 

    Major: Biology and Chemistry  

    Involvement on Campus:

    Into the Streets 

    Cornell Taiwanese Student Association

    Elizabeth Kane

    Director of Community Outreach

    Hometown:  Buffalo , NY

    Major: Global and Public Health Sciences

    Involvement on Campus:

    Undergraduate Research in Community Nutrition

    KON

    Emily Liu

    Director of Campus Outreach

    Hometown: Pacifica, CA

    Major: Environmental Engineering

    Involvement on Campus:

    Alternative Breaks

    Society of Women Engineers




     
     

    Regan Murray

    Director of Volunteers
    Hometown: Orleans, MA
    Major: History and Government
    Involvement on campus: 
    Ezra's Archives
    Cornell Historical Society
    Guiding Eyes for the Blind
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