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Students combat food waste at colleges

Americans throw away the equivalent of $165 billion in uneaten food each year, according to a new analysis by the Natural Resources Defense Council.

"As a country, we’re essentially tossing every other piece of food that crosses our path – that’s money and precious resources down the drain," said Dana Gunders, NRDC project scientist with the food and agriculture program. "With the price of food continuing to grow, and drought jeopardizing farmers nationwide, now is the time to embrace all the tremendous untapped opportunities to get more out of our food system. We can do better."

A group of college students already are working on a solution. The Food Recovery Network helps students at colleges and universities fight food waste by taking excess food from dining halls to local food banks and shelters.

Students transport these meals nightly, and keep the cost down. According to the founders at the University of Maryland, between 75% and 90% of colleges don’t have any food recovery program in place at all and as much as 22 million meals of good food are being tossed out on college campuses.

Determined to stop this waste and help others, FRN is expanding to a nationwide program, encouraging even more students to become involved and to help the hungry.

GreaterGood.org supports their efforts through the Gift That Gives More program. 100% of every donation received through this program goes to the nonprofits or projects outlined on the Gift page. To help FRN today, click here.

Here's some more suggestions on how to reduce food waste from Sabrina Rodriguez in California:

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