Total Pounds Recovered: 10,205 lbs.
Fighting Scots - fighting hunger!
The purpose of the Food Recovery Network at Maryville College is to reduce waste on our campus and in the community, and by extension, fight hunger in the Blount County area. Our goals are to bridge a closer connection between the city of Maryville and the College through social advocacy.
Maryville College’s Food Recovery Network chapter began in February of 2015 with a group of friends who were interested in community service and food waste. One of the friends worked at a local bakery, Foothills Milling Company, and noted that their management was looking for a way to reduce the amount of extra bread that was being thrown away.
Brandon Denney, a 2016 MC graduate and Bonner scholar, saw an opportunity to work with the local food banks by picking up the bakery’s excess bread. Pretty soon, he and a handful of other volunteers began conducting weekly “bread runs” with the bakery and food bank, recovering approximately 20-50 pounds each time.
That summer, Denney attended the Bonner Summer Leadership Institute, where he met a representative for Food Recovery Network, a national nonprofit with a mission to “fight waste and feed people.” This, along with a personal connection to hunger in America, inspired Brandon to start his own chapter at Maryville. In July of 2015, Maryville College became an official Food Recovery Network chapter, and began to partner with on-campus organizations such as Mountain Challenge and Metz Dining Services.
Since then the chapter has recovered over ten thousand pounds of nutritious food that would have otherwise been thrown away to local nonprofits such as: Family Promise, Boys & Girls Club of America, and the MLK Center. to distribute to clients in need and has held multiple outreach events on campus to a raise awareness of food waste and hunger in America!
The current president, Liz Menendez, has been a leader of the chapter since 2016, and has helped expand operations and make the chapter a visible presence on campus through outreach events on campus and for the community.
Whether you’re an experienced volunteer or just passionate about food justice, FRN at Maryville College is an excellent opportunity to make an impact in the Maryville/Alcoa community