Razorback Food Recovery

Razorback Food Recovery Summer Volunteer Application

Food Recovery Volunteers will work a 1-hour shift per week at the Union or Fulbright Dining Hall. Volunteers can sign up for the first or second session of summer school or both sessions.  Responsibilities for food recovery include preparing, packaging, data-logging, etc. left over or surplus food. A distribution volunteer will come pick up the food at the end of the shift every day. 


Razorback Food Recovery Leader Fall Applications Open

Recovery Leaders act as liaisons between Recovery Volunteers and Volunteer Coordinators. Recovery Leaders are responsible for volunteering one recovery shift per semester (1 hour per week for dining halls and 2 for distribution) as well as attending biweekly meetings throughout the year in order to develop skills such as food safety, allergen training, and further knowledge about recovery operations.


RFR Clean Plate Leader Fall Applications Open

The Clean Plate Leader Program was developed by Chartwells and the Razorback Food Recovery (RFR) with the goal of increasing awareness, within the University of Arkansas community, of food waste and food insecurity at a local, regional, national, and global level. Our hope is to increase awareness through our leaders and incorporate sustainability into the campus culture. Please apply if you're interested in continuing the fight against food insecurity through engaging the student body, social media posts, creation of a newsletter, and meeting with Chartwells dining services.


What is Food Recovery?

Razorback Food Recovery Group Pic

It is estimated that colleges throw away 22 millions pounds of extra food every year. The purpose of Food Recovery is to recover this extra, wholesome food that would otherwise be wasted and donate it to hungry people. Razorback Food Recovery volunteers work with Chartwells Dining Service employees to recover the surplus food on a daily basis.

In the first phase of RFR, beginning in February 2014, volunteers recover food from retail locations in the Arkansas Union. Chartwells employees take the pre-packaged or bakery items to a designated location in the Union that holds a refrigerator for RFR to use. Each morning, volunteers go to the location to weigh and log the food and from there it is delivered to be donated either to Full Circle Campus Pantry or another community partner.

In the second phase of RFR, beginning in October 2014, volunteers recover food from Pomfret Dining Hall. In this process, volunteers recover food between lunch and dinner. Volunteers separate the large pans of surplus food into individual, freezable meals that can then be given out to community partner agencies. 


In the News

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U of A Students Working to Ensure Food Isn't Wasted During Walmart Week

Photo by Matt Reynolds

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – It’s a fact of the food service industry that not every meal that’s prepared gets served and eaten.

Chartwells, which provides food service for the University of Arkansas, is in the process of preparing about 72,000 meals this week for the activities leading up to – and including – the Walmart Shareholder’s meeting on campus Friday, June 5. Walmart associates, staff, executives, shareholders and guests will be served breakfast, lunch and dinner each day, and Chartwells will also provide food for several special events.

There will be leftovers.

That doesn’t mean they will go to waste.

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Razorback Food Recovery Feeds Community

By Bob Whitby
University Staff Writer
Photo by Russell Cothren

Did you know that about one-third of all the food produced in the United States goes to waste?

Food insecurity — the academic term for not having enough to eat on a regular basis — affects more than 14 percent of American households.
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