By Olivia Finan,
Stillman News Contributor
Did you know that one third of the world’s food is wasted, nearly 1.3 billion tons of food per year? That is enough food to feed 3 billion people, or 10 times the population of the United States.
Americans are throwing out an equivalent of $165 billion worth of food each year. If you had the opportunity to aid in fixing this problem, would you?
Seton Hall has recently developed a chapter for the Food Recovery Network, which is the largest student movement against food waste and hunger in America (foodrecoverynetwork.org).
The Food Recovery Network was established in 2011 by Ben Simon, Mia Zavalij, and Cam Pascual, who were all students at the University of Maryland.
The three began noticing how much food was being wasted in the dining hall daily and wanted to take a stand.
Their efforts resulted in diverting the leftover food to create 30,000 meals to various locations in one academic year.
The Food Recovery Network is able to operate under the Bill Emerson Good Samaritan Food Donation Act which was created in order to promote food donation in the US.
The Seton Hall chapter of the Food Recovery Network will have recoveries frequently throughout the semester where food is take from the cafeteria with the help of the Gourmet Dining Services staff and transported to local food pantries in Newark in hopes to feed hungry adults, children and families in the area.
Seton Hall wants to be a part of this wonderful movement in becoming aware of food waste as well as giving back to the community.
The actions align with the University’s Catholic mission to serve one another and help those in need. As of now, the chapter has over 30 students involved, most of them from the Stillman School of Business.
If you are interested in joining this movement and making a difference on campus, please feel free to learn more at foodrecoverynetwork.org and follow the Seton Hall chapter on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter (@SHU_FRN) to find out what you can do to get involved!
A version of this article appeared in the Tuesday, January 24th print edition.
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