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Food for a Bigger Cause featuring Regina Anderson, Food Recovery Network

Some folks think that people are homeless and hungry as a result of poor decisions. But with 42 million people going hungry across the US, there are obviously much bigger factors at play. What are people doing to find a solution?

Food Recovery Network is partnering with universities in 46 states to bring perfectly good cafeteria food — that would normally get thrown away — to hungry communities. It was started by four university students who saw food that could be purchased at 4:59 getting tossed into the garbage at 5:01. Why not use it to feed people? Since then, it’s grown into a nationwide effort to reduce food waste and help struggling communities.

In this episode of the Gooder Podcast, Diana Fryc is joined by Regina Anderson, Executive Director of the Food Recovery Network, to discuss how they’re stopping hunger across the country. Regina talks about the reality of food deserts, why we should refrain from judging the poor, and how she found a passion for nonprofits.

In this episode we learn: 

  • Regina Anderson explains the roots of Food Recovery Network
  • How much food is their team recovering?
  • The real problem of food deserts
  • How is CPG contributing to the cause?
  • Challenges at Food Recovery Network
  • How did Regina discover her passion for helping the hungry?
  • Being poor isn’t an indicator of poor life decisions
  • Regina’s path into the nonprofit world
  • How is Regina approaching diversity and inclusion at Food Recovery Network?
  • Regina’s advice: try a variety of job roles, perfection is not the goal, and learn about finances
  • It’s simple to be part of the solution — do something today
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Food for a Bigger Cause featuring Regina Anderson, Food Recovery Network

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About Regina Anderson: 

Regina Anderson is the Executive Director of Food Recovery Network, the largest student-led movement fighting food waste and working to end hunger in America. Regina joined the team in 2015 and is responsible for setting the vision, strategy, and fundraising efforts for Food Recovery Network. She works with stakeholders, partners, and the team at national headquarters to make food recovery the norm and not the exception.

Regina has worked in the nonprofit sector for over a decade. At the Coro Center for Civic Leadership in Pittsburgh, she worked with employers in all sectors to establish internship programs and to match talented individuals with those opportunities. At Independent Sector and LIFT in Washington, DC, Regina worked to raise awareness of the nonprofit sector’s abilities to solve society’s most complex issues.

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Diana Fryc

For Diana, a fierce determination to pursue what’s right is rooted in her DNA. The daughter of parents who endured unimaginable hardship before emigrating from Eastern Europe to the U.S., she is built for a higher purpose. Starting with an experience working with Jane Goodall to source sustainably made paper, she went on to a career helping Corporate America normalize the use of environmentally responsible products and materials before coming to Retail Voodoo.

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