FRN Core Values
We empower individuals, communities and food businesses to change the way they view and handle food surplus. Our goal is to make sweeping systems change across the food industry. Food recovery can and will replace food waste as the food industry norm, in large part because it is in the best interest of food businesses to participate. Successfully generating this shift will mean significantly reducing hunger and greenhouse gas emissions at the same time.
Respect is paramount. We believe that the end is a reflection of the means. In order to achieve a more just food system and reduce inequality, all of our actions must uphold respect for the people and partners we are working with and the environments we are working in.
Anyone can be a leader. Many of the students in our movement had no idea they could start or lead their FRN chapters--until they did. At FRN, we meet people where they are to maintain and build on students' optimism and energy around making a difference while helping them work with existing institutions. We accept that everyone we work with has his or her own way of doing things, inspired by experience and creativity and we are flexible and adaptable to ensure that everyone can make unique contributions to the food recovery effort.
Cohesion + collaboration + community = FRNdship. Food Recovery Network is more than an organization; it’s a movement. Students, community partner agencies and dining services and food businesses are interdependent. Our students have found a powerful, supportive and constructive community in FRN, working closely within their community, across the Network and with our national team.
Reflection inspires continuous improvement. We embrace open communication and honest self-reflection. We are constantly learning and improving ourselves as individuals, making necessary changes within each of our departments and continuously reviewing and enhancing the organization as a whole.
Do good, feel good. Service and social justice work should be fun! Gandhi once said, “Service which is rendered without joy helps neither the servant nor the served. But all other pleasures and possessions pale into nothingness before service which is rendered in a spirit of joy.” We strive to live this ideal at our national office, on our campuses and in our communities.