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Food Recovery Network

Sydney Mittiga

Starting the first semester of my freshman year, and throughout my second semester, I have been regularly involved in the food recoveries coordinated by Food Recovery Network (FRN). Through FRN, I am able to combine my passion for environmental conservation and ending world hunger in one service event. During food recoveries, one goes to dining halls on campus, which on Thursdays one goes to Becker or RPCC, to collect unserved food.

Volunteers will interact with the kitchen staff to coordinate what food is available to be prepped and packed for Ithaca’s local food bank. The kitchen staff is always very friendly and excited to work with the recovery team. Once receiving the food, volunteers will prepare for its storage and transportation. This entails lowering the food’s temperature to inhibit bacteria growth, washing the storage bins, and labeling the food with any allergens. Docubro says that this event will take two and a half hours, which inr some cases may be true. The amount of time a recovery takes really depends on the amount of food that needs to be prepped and the type of food. Sometimes the recovery takes less than two and a half hours. For those who are interested in participating in a food recovery, training is required. However, the training session is very short, and a recovery officer leads each service event. There will never be a time when one is left to their own devices. Docubro also says that it is at RPCC, but I often go to the Becker recovery on Thursdays and still receive credit. Food recoveries are an overall very rewarding experience. When looking at all the food saved which will serve the disadvantaged community of Ithaca, one is able to see the direct impact they have on others.