Food Recovery Network (FRN)

About: Food Recovery Network’s mission is to eliminate food waste on campus and in the Tallahassee community. Since 2014, when our FSU chapter was formed, the Food Recovery Network has recovered over 130,000 pounds of consumable excess food from various locations around campus. This food goes directly to our partner agencies, both on and off campus,  who distribute it to individuals and families experiencing food insecurity.

Why It Matters: The Food Recovery Network provides a use for leftover food products. This program allows for reduced food waste, as collected products will be given to those who need it instead of the landfills. Events big and small can utilize the Food Recovery Network for food recoveries! The Food Recovery Network acts as a food waste "ghostbuster" and is on call if a campus or community partner is anticipating excess perishables at one of their events.

How to Get Involved: Please fill out this interest form. Once you fill it out, please allow Sustainable Campus time to review it and reach out.

Social Media: Find updates for the Food Recovery Network on the FSU Sustainable Campus Facebook page!

Request a recovery

Are you a student, staff or faculty organization thinking about hosting a waste-free event? The Food Recovery Network at FSU wants to help! We recover surplus food from catered events for donation to different partner agencies within the Tallahassee area. We provide the supplies and the labor and event recoveries never exceed an hour. FRN will show up at the end of your event to package, load and transport your leftover food for donation. This is beneficial not only for the individuals on the receiving end of the donation, but also provides the host with the relief of not having to dispose of valuable food. 

To request a recovery, email

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