“It’s an easy way to get involved on campus and in your local community,” said Hailey Purves, a dental hygiene senior at USD and Food Recovery Network chapter founder. “By giving up an hour each week…That hour can truly change people’s lives as well as prevent food waste.”

The Food Recovery Network partners with Aramark, USD’s on-campus food provider and the non-profit agency, Welcome Table, to distribute usable food items to local non-profits.

According to John Lushbough, founding director of Vermillion’s Welcome Table, the organization has “more than doubled” the amount of food served. He credits the Food Recovery Network for providing 80% of the food served, helping the organization save between $500-$750 and feed over 150 people per week.

He praised the Food Recovery Network and Aramark for making special efforts to preserve food items, summarizing their efforts as “Unbelievable!”

To continue to battle food insecurity, Food Recovery Network’s focus in 2017-2018 will be seeking to increase the amount of “rescued food” by finding additional sources in the community. “I would like to get more students involved in the program to both raise awareness and give the program more support from the campus,” said Marisa Helms, incoming chapter president and medical biology major.

To learn about USD’s Food Recovery Network chapter and other service-learning opportunities, please visit AWOL’s Food Recovery Network website.

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