Friendship Donations Network Partners With Cornell's Food Recovery Network

New partnership between local nonprofit and Cornell student group rescues surplus food from campus dining hall and reroutes it to community members in need...


ITHACA, NY – For the first time, high-quality prepared food from a Cornell dining hall that would otherwise be composted is instead being delivered to community venues that serve hot meals to the hungry.

Friendship Donations Network – a local nonprofit – and Cornell’s chapter of the national Food Recovery Network are working together to donate delicious leftover food from the university’s Becker Dining Hall to those most in need in the community.

Cornell students formed the local chapter of the Food Recovery Network in May 2013 and have since been working with the university to establish the current donation program. The program launched on April 24, 2014 when a Friendship Donations Network (FDN) volunteer picked up the first prepared food donation, which was then delivered to venues in Ithaca that serve hot meals to the hungry.

The pilot program includes the pickup of leftover food from Becker Dining Hall on Thursday evenings. Cornell students pack the food, and FDN volunteers collect and distribute it to the Rescue Mission and Loaves and Fishes in downtown Ithaca.

“We are very excited about our partnership with Friendship Donations Network. We look forward to working closely with the members of FDN in the future, and hope to expand our resources to help support the community of Tompkins County.” says Alaina Uhouse, founding member of the Cornell chapter of the Food Recovery Network.

“All of us at Friendship Donations Network are very impressed with the initiative and perseverance of the Cornell students to get this program off the ground,” says Meaghan Sheehan Rosen, FDN’s program coordinator. “We are thrilled to help redirect this good food from Cornell to hungry members of our community.”

Food Recovery Network is a nonprofit organization with student driven chapters at dozens of colleges and universities across the United States. For more information, see:

Friendship Donations Network, which was founded in 1988 by Sara Pines, rescues fresh nutritious food from area stores and farms that would otherwise be thrown away and redistributes it to neighbors in need. FDN’s extensive network of volunteers picks up donations of mostly perishable excess and day-old food and delivers it to pantries and programs that serve more than 2,100 people weekly. FDN diverts over 500,000 lbs. of good food from the landfill each year. More information at:

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