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RSO Highlights: Food Recovery Network

A new student organization focusing on local hunger, the Food Recovery Network (FRN), hit campus this semester, expanding the list of RSO’s and opportunities for campus-to-community involvement.

The FRN is a national organization that delivers unused foods from restaurants, usually thrown out, to local shelters. Some restaurants in Conway are connected with Bethlehem House, the local homeless shelter, but they do not deliver the food.

UCA sophomore and FRN president Lillian McEntire said if the organization collects at least 10 pounds of food it can make a recovery, which involves transporting food from campus and restaurants to the shelters. The group has made two recoveries and is working with Bethlehem as well as the Women’s Shelter of Central Arkansas.

Forty percent of food is thrown out in the United States every year, and food insecurity in Arkansas is at 21.1 percent. This is the highest percentage in the nation according to the FRN’s statistics.

FRN headquarters is funding the group so that it can buy supplies for the recoveries and pay for gas. The Student Activity Fund Allocation will begin funding the group as well.

“I saw a commercial about the FRN and thought that is the best thing I’ve ever seen,” McEntire said.

After visiting the website and making a series of calls she was able to start the process of beginning a FRN chapter at UCA.

“I’m really passionate about the environment and helping people in need,” McEntire said.

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