Ben Simon, a senior at the University of Maryland happened to be in the cafeteria around closing time and saw the amount of food being dumped in the trash. He asked if he and his friends could donate the leftovers, and they said, “Sure.” That was his first food delivery, in September 2011.
“And ever since then, it was like, ‘What if this was at every college?'” Simon recalls.
Thus began the Food Recovery Network, which has diverted 271,000 meals to churches and shelters that feed hungry people.
Today college students across the nation have signed up and mobilized to address hunger issues in “the most commonsense way possible” — saving leftover food that would otherwise be thrown away.
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