Razorback Food Recovery

Razorback Food Recovery

 

What is Food Recovery?

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 recovered 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.

Phase two of RFR will involve recovering food from campus dining halls. Volunteers will begin recovering food from Pomfret Dining Hall in Fall 2014. In this process, volunteers will recover between lunch and dinner. Volunteers will separate the large pans of surplus food into individual, freezable meals that can then be given out to community partner agencies.

Volunteer Information for Fall 2014

Applications are now open for Union Recovery Leaders and Union Recovery Volunteers.  Please read descriptions below and complete the application. Please refer questions about the program to recovery@uark.edu. Applications are due at noon on Thursday August 28 and may be submitted by email or in person at the Center for Community Engagement, ARKU 643.

Volunteer Opportunities:

Union Recovery Leader—Union Recovery Leaders will be responsible for: attending each of their scheduled, weekly recovery time slots for a semester; communication between their volunteers and the volunteer coordinator; making sure all procedures are being practiced correctly and safely; and maintaining frequent contact with the RFR executive board.

Application can be found here

Union Recovery Volunteer—Union Recovery Volunteers will be responsible for: attending each of their scheduled, weekly recovery time slots for a semester; following all procedures and safety protocols; and attending monthly meetings with the RFR executive board.

Application can be found here

Pomfret Recovery Leader—Pomfret Recovery Leaders will be responsible for: attending each of their scheduled, weekly recovery time slots for a semester; attending trainings required to work in the Pomfret kitchen; communication between their volunteers and the volunteer coordinator; making sure all procedures are being practiced correctly and safely; and maintaining frequent contact with the RFR executive board. Applications will be available in September.

Pomfret Recovery Volunteer—Pomfret Recovery Volunteers will be responsible for: attending each of their scheduled, weekly recovery time slots for a semester; following all kitchen health and safety protocols; and attending monthly meetings with the RFR executive board. Applications will be available in September.

For more information or to find out about volunteer opportunities, please email recovery.uark.edu.