Local organization raises awareness about food waste, hunger

Forty percent of food produced in the U.S. goes to the trash.

WASHINGTON, D.C.(WUSA9) - Time is running out to register for a two-day conference about efforts to fight food waste and hunger.
 
The Food Recovery Network (FRN), the largest student movement to recover wasted food and feed the hungry, will host its second annual National Food Recovery Dialogue at the University of the District of Columbia beginning Nov. 4.
 
The event will connect a diverse student network with policymakers, organizations and individuals all making a change in the realm of food waste, according to its website. It will also be an opportunity to learn about the latest initiatives in food recovery. 

 
"We could literally stop hunger in our lifetime if we were able to make changes to the food distribution system that we have," said Regina Northouse, the Food Recovery Network's executive director.
 
According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, it's estimated that 30 to 40 percent of food gets trashed in the U.S. This happens on retail and consumer levels. Since the organization, which now has chapters across the country, started at the University of Maryland in 2011, more than 2 billion pounds of food have been recovered and donated.That is more than 1.8 million meals that have gone to those in need, according to the organization's website.
 
When non-profits receive food donations, Northouse said it helps groups put money toward other needs. It is something the FRN is very proud of. 
 
"Annually, we save our non-profit organizations about $5,000," Northouse said. 
 
If you would like to register, you can sign-up here
 

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