Food Recovery Network founder and Executive Director Ben Simon may only be a senior at the University of Maryland, but he is already making a major impact in the field of food waste. Simon started the program in 2011 after noticing that food was going to waste at the end of every day at Maryland’s campus dining halls. Simon wanted to recover this food and provide it for the needy throughout the Washington, D.C., region. The program was a success from day one, and it has now recovered 165,000+ pounds of food at 23 college campuses across the country. “Food waste is one of the biggest environmental issues,” Simon says. “A lot of people don’t know this, but food is America’s #1 waste stream. Forty percent of the food in America ends up landfills.”

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