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Food Recovery Network

Food Recovery Network (FRN) is a national non-profit with a mission to reduce food waste and combat food insecurity through the recovery and distribution of edible food waste. There are 230 chapters at colleges and universities around the nation. UC San Diego's chapter started in 2016 and works on and off-campus to recover food waste from dining halls, Farmer's Markets, and grocery stores to feed students and community members facing food insecurity.

Places Recovered Food Comes From:

  • HDH Dining Halls and Markets
  • Leucadia Farmer's Market
  • Campus Farmer's Market
  • Target (on UC San Diego main campus) 
  • UCSD Thornton Hospital
  • Cash n Carry
  • Vons

FRN Partnerships:

  • Feeding San Diego - Retail Rescue Program 
  • San Diego Food Bank - Fresh Rescue Program

FRN Food Distributions

Food Distributions at OMS

Spring 2022 Food Distributions at "OMS," or Graduate Housing (located at 3605 Miramar St.) will be on Mondays from 9-11am and Fridays from 4-6pm. No appointment necessary, just stop by Graduate Housing during our distribution days/times!

Food Distributions at Student Center A Triton Food Pantry

Spring 2022 Food Distributions at the Student Center A Triton Food Pantry (located next to The Hub) will be on Tuesdays from 4-6pm. No appointment necessary, just stop by the Student Center A Triton Food Pantry during our distribution days/times!

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Connect With Us

To learn more about UC San Diego's FRN Chapter or how to volunteer, connect with us on Facebook or Instagram @frnucsd or email us at frn@ucsd.edu

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Food Recovery Network In Action

UC San Diego's FRN Chapter is a key partner in helping us divert edible food "waste" and give back to our campus community in need. Follow the EcoNauts as they go behind the scenes to see things in action and hear from the people who make the magic happen!

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Sustainability Student Organization of the Year Award 2018-2019

The UC San Diego Sustainability Awards recognizes individuals and groups that have made the campus more sustainable—from managing campus gardens to supporting food recovery for students who need it most. UC San Diego's FRN Chapter won the 2018-2019 Student Group Award. They recovered 16,387 pounds of food for the academic year.