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What helping hand are doing in Milwaukee with eco friendly life style and Maryland with the Food Recovery Network (FRN) program

These are two great things that are happening around the country at this time. We thought that it was of interest, we hope that you will as well.

First from Milwaukee, you can learn more about helping the earth with eco friendly life style and products.

More importantly is if you as an Attendees will bring a garment for donation to a domestic violence shelter will receive a free expo-shopping pass. What a great way to help out those in need. These people have been through a lot. Thank you to all that help in this way.

Running from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., September 28 and 29, in the Aloft Hotel, in Milwaukee, BEsSOLE,™ the Social Style & Organic Living Expo, is a socially conscious learning and shopping event that highlights stylish fashions, organic tastes and healthy, natural products for skin and body care. The event promises a fair trade fashion show, exhibitions and opportunities to learn about eco-friendly lifestyle products, careers with meaning social enterprise solutions for a sustainable future.

Bringing together small businesses with consumers, teachers, and students, BEsSOLE™ maintains a goal to positively enhance the organic lifestyle while engaging the power of social innovation. Attendees that bring a garment for donation to a domestic violence shelter will receive a free expo-shopping pass.

Second is a group of collage student that have found a way to help others as well. They are from Maryland. How can we all get started in helping other in the area that you live in? They are showing us how. Take a look:

Food Recovery Network (FRN), a youth-led nonprofit that donates surplus unsellable food to those in need,has been expanding to college campuses across the nation. Now, hungry for its first local government partnership, the students leading the effort have their sights on starting a county-wide chapter in Montgomery County, Maryland.

Last week, Councilmember Valerie Ervin began convening a series of meetings with county stakeholders – representing hotels, restaurants, farmers, nonprofits that serve the hungry, and government agencies – the process of implementing a food rescue program in the county. Ervin approached FRN co-founders Ben Simon and Mia Zavalij after they spoke at a community forum on food insecurity in Maryland.

Although FRN primarily helps students donate food from college campuses, the national leadership team was thrilled at the prospect of supporting a county-wide initiative to reduce food waste and divert it to those in need. Rebecca Kagan, FRN’s Chief Operating Officer and a senior at Brown University, concluded, “Starting a program in Montgomery County was too big for us to pass up. If this partnership is successful, we could even develop a model of county-wide food recovery to take across America.”

Last Monday, students from the University of Maryland chapter of FRN met with Councilmember Ervin along with representatives from Marriot, agencies such as Manna Food Bank, and county policy analysts in the first meeting of the Food Recovery Network Implementation Work Group. With representatives in attendance primarily from the nonprofit sector, the meeting was an opportunity for partnerships between local organizations working toward the same goal.

FRN is now becoming a 501(c)(3) nonprofit and is helping students start new chapters at over a dozen other universities.

FRN was founded in September 2011 when students at the University of Maryland, College Park noticed that their campus dining halls were throwing away large amounts of perfectly good but unsellable food. This January, Brown University started a chapter, and existing food rescue programs at UC Berkeley and Pomona College joined to create the national nonprofit. The four chapters donated 50,000 meals in their first year together, and are currently coaching students at around 20 other colleges through starting new Food Recovery Network chapters.

The FRN unites students at colleges and universities across America to fight food waste and hunger by recovering surplus perishable food from their college campuses and surrounding communities that would otherwise go to waste and donating it to people in need.

What a great way to get help to those in need from surplus unsellable food at schools and other places in the community.

We hope that you enjoyed these stories as much as we have. A helping hand can go a long way.

We would like to hear the things that you may have going on around your area.

Dan and Deanna “Marketing Unscrambled”

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