Binghamton University sets records in fight against food insecurity

Schools and Libraries

May 30, 2017

Food insecurity a lack of access to affordable, nutritious food is a grave issue at many colleges and universities across the country. Hunger makes it difficult to study, sleep, or engage in academics and social activities at the same level as peers.

The campus community and dining services team at Binghamton University are working hard to eliminate this plight.

Since Binghamton University Dining Services (BUDS) launched a Food Recovery Network (FRN) on campus in 2014, the program has grown exponentially.

Maya Yair, a student who has since graduated was responsible for initiating the local chapter at Binghamton. The College-in-the-Woods dining hall was the original test site for a partial semester with 8,078 pounds collected.

"I believe that we have a duty to serve others and our environment," said Saurabh Gupta, current and fourth president of the Food Recovery Network at Binghamton University. "As a huge amount of both labor and resources goes into the production of our food, these efforts should not be wasted by carelessly throwing food away. Through FRN, I have gained a deeper appreciation for the food that is on my plate and empathy for humanity."

 Yielding a record setting 38,864 pounds of food in this semester, recipients of the food are longtime partners Volunteers of American (VOA), CHOW (Community Hunger Outreach Warehouse), and Bear Necessities, a campus-based pantry created to provide a variety of food and personal care items for Binghamton University students in need.

The nearly 40,000 pounds of food collected almost doubles the previous highest total of 23,964 pounds.

"My experience is that the Food Recovery Network numbers have increased significantly due to the increased awareness and passion for this project from our employees," said Executive Chef Rich Herb, BUDS. "We have heard nothing but positive feedback from every employee who has become aware of this mission to eliminate food insecurity on campus."

For more information about Binghamton University Dining Services, contact Casey Slocum at 607 777 3014 and via email at