Marilyn Magaram Center

Food Recovery Network at CSUN

Food Recovery Group Photo

Food Recovery Network Logo



Students at over 230 university and college campuses across the US have become part of the Food Recovery Network (FRN), collecting unused food from their dining halls and donating it to food pantries and shelters. FRN was originally launched in September 2011, by 3 college students at the University of Maryland who noticed a lot of food from their dining hall being thrown out. They started a small team to help fight food waste, and by the end of the school year they had recovered 30,000 meals. Throughout the years, students from various colleges have met to grow the FRN, with a mission of creating recovery programs on every college campus in the county. In May of 2013, the Sodexo Foundation provided FRN with funding to hire full-time staff and transition into a professional nonprofit organization. Now, FRN has chapters in over 44 states, with more than 3 million pounds of food recovered so far. FRN has swept the nation and made higher education the very first sector where food recovery is the norm.

Locations for Free Breakfast:


  • Veterans Center
  • Dream Center
  • Pride Center
  • EOP Trio 
  • Women's Resource Center


  • EOP Trio (Bayramian Hall 240) There is no free food on campus on Fridays... only Wednesdays

Food Recovery Network

pounds of food recovered

CSUN Wins Food Recovery Challenge Award!

On February 14th, The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) presented California State University, Northridge with the Food Recovery Challenge Award. CSUN is the national winner of the 2018 Food Recovery Challenge award for colleges and universities. The recognition is the result of the collective efforts of the CSUN Sustainability, Marilyn Magaram Center, FRN at CSUNCSUN DiningCsun HealthWellbeing, and Facilities Planning. They emphasized that “CSUN is a national leader in their food recovery efforts”. The Marilyn Magaram Center is very proud of all the dedication and hard work of our students and all their recovery efforts.