Scholarship of Community Application
An alarming amount of unserved food, which emits carbon dioxide into the atmosphere, is thrown away daily on university campuses. In those same college communities, there is likely a large food insecure population that is going to bed hungry every night. The Food Recovery Network (FRN) is a network of colleges/universities across the United States that seeks to bridge this gap. The FRN chapter at Olivet Nazarene University, established in October 2017, encountered challenges in its first couple years of operation because there were not yet many resources that laid out best practices for a food recovery program on a college campus. In order to strengthen the FRN Olivet chapter and aid other universities in the implementation and operation of their own FRN chapter, a comprehensive model was created that lays out the processes used, the challenges faced, and the resources created by the FRN Olivet chapter. The model contains the following sections: an author’s note, the importance of starting an FRN chapter, implementing an FRN chapter, volunteers (composition, recruitment, and retention), recoveries, deliveries, training and development, social media, finance/fundraising, an all-school food drive called Move Out for Hunger, additional events such as awareness days and educational opportunities, and a succession plan. The FRN Olivet Model was reviewed by seven individuals and revised corresponding to their suggestions. The goal is that by reading a single section, a representative from another university would have enough information to gain an understanding of how the system could be replicated successfully.
Sherwood, Madeira, "A Self-Study of FRN Olivet: A student-led food recovery model on a university campus" (2021). Honors Program Projects. 130.
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