Food waste is a massive issue in the United States. Approximately 30 to 40 percent of our food rots in landfills when it could otherwise go to families who need it. Not to mention that this waste costs our economy billions of dollars while wasting energy, labor, and contributing to climate change.
One organization that is tackling this issue is the Food Recovery Network, which is a movement dedicated to fighting food waste and hunger. Aaron Umen is a tennis enthusiast and dedicated volunteer. Backed by his studies in finance and economics, he currently represents the Food Recover Network as Treasurer.
Started by a collective of people at the University of Maryland who didn’t want to see their dining hall food get thrown out, the organization soon spread all across the country. Not just limited to university campuses, the nonprofit recovers food from local restaurants, vendors, and farms. Visit their website to get involved today.