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SBU Food Recovery Network Fights Hunger in Local Community

The Stony Brook Food Recovery Network students (left to right): Linda Lin, Sophia Zhukovsky, Ania Parcel, Inna Trygubchuk and Anton Kobrin.

The Faculty Student Association (FSA) and CulinArt have recently partnered with the Food Recovery Network, a national nonprofit that helps fight food waste and hunger by recovering perishable food that would otherwise go to waste and donates it to those in need.

The Stony Brook Food Recovery Network students (left to right): Linda Lin, Sophia Zhukovsky, Ania Parcel, Inna Trygubchuk and Anton Kobrin.
The Stony Brook Food Recovery Network students (left to right): Linda Lin, Sophia Zhukovsky, Ania Parcel, Inna Trygubchuk and Anton Kobrin.

Student volunteers recover surplus food from CulinArt and transport it to our hunger-fighting partner agency, which is Island Harvest. Recently, volunteers delivered food to Hand Across Long Island in Central Islip. The program has been in place for three weeks, with nearly 500 pounds of food donated.

The Food Recovery Network is the largest student movement fighting against food waste and hunger, donating more than 3.9 million pounds of food, feeding 3.2 million meals and preventing more than 6.8 million pounds of carbon dioxide from reaching the environment.

“I think this is a great initiative because what we don’t realize is how much food waste we actually have. In our dining halls, there’s food that goes uneaten and that’s food that could really go to people in need,” stated by Sophia Zhukovsky ’22, Political Science/Environmental Humanities. 

FSA and the Food Recovery Network are excited to kickoff the holiday season and collaborate on the fight against food waste and hunger. “The program is going great so far and we are already planning for the future. The Faculty Student Association is looking to expand the program in the future by recovering grab-and-go products from our convenience stores prior to expiring,” explained Dawn Villacci, FSA Manager for Campus Dining.

To get involved in this initiative, feel free to reach out to @sbufrn on Instagram or email sbufoodrecoverynetwork@gmail.com.

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