Center for Community Engagement

Fresno: Putting Good Food to Good Use

Fresno

The Food Recovery Network (FRN) was created in 2013 to address extreme food insecurity in the Central Valley by recovering surplus edible food and distributing it to people in need. In less than two years, FRN has redistributed more than 60,000 of pounds of nutritious food that would otherwise have ended up in landfills, with approximately 300-500 people fed each week. FRN, coordinated by student leaders, advised by two faculty members and assisted by student volunteers and service-learning students, received a $2.9 million grant from CalRecycle Fresno to scale up food recovery efforts throughout the city along with partners Metro Ministry and Colony Energy.

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tackling issues of hunger and food access:
CSU Chico
CSU Chico

CSU Chico is tackling food insecurity with an innovative collaboration between students and faculty, in which The Center for Healthy Communities (CHC) CalFresh Outreach program draws social work, health science, and nutrition and food science students to help reduce food insecurity among both students and community members.

CSU Fresno
CSU Fresno

The Food Recovery Network (FRN) was created in 2013 to address extreme food insecurity in the Central Valley by recovering surplus edible food and distributing it to people in need.

CSU Fullerton
CSU Fullerton

Learning about sustainable, healthy food choices is the goal of the Urban Agriculture Community-based Research Experience (U-ACRE) launched in 2009.

CSU Monterey Bay
CSU Monterey Bay

CSU Monterey Bay faculty and students worked cooperatively with homeless residents and social-service organizations in a former dumping ground turned organic garden.