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Who We Are


Razorback Food Recovery (RFR) is a student-led Volunteer Action Center (VAC) Signature Program that works to recover surplus food items and redistribute it to those in need within the Fayetteville Community and Northwest Arkansas region. We aim to address the issues of food waste and hunger within the Northwest Arkansas region. Since its inception in February of 2014, our organization has recovered over 190,000 pounds of food, providing over 108,300 meals to individuals and families in need across the Northwest Arkansas region.




What We Do

A strong partnership with Chartwells Dining Services allows RFR volunteers to recover and package unused food items from campus retail stores and dining locations across the University of Arkansas Campus. These items are then donated to various community partners as well as our own Full Circle Food Pantry, which uses some recovered items to address food insecurity amongst students and staff.

How to Get Involved

To get involved with Razorback Food Recovery, students may serve on a weekly basis for shifts that involve either a 1hr shift t or 1.5hrs shift.  Volunteers assist in the recovery, packaging, and transportation of the recovered food items to our local partners while promoting our program through outreach and awareness of food waste on campus.

Applications open just prior to the start of the semester. To fill out a volunteer application for Fall 2019,  click here. 

And to fill out a recovery leader application for Fall 2019, click here.


In Good Waste Summit

Raising awareness around sustainable foodservice practices on campus and within our community is a big part of the Razorback Food Recovery’s mission. In Good Waste is our flagship summit which allows the opportunity for the RFR team to coordinate with foodservice professionals in the Northwest Arkansas region. This allows our team to provide resources to assist local business in the mitigation of food waste. The inaugural summit covered a range of topics to include the impacts of food waste, legal restrictions and incentives, and laid out what local avenues exist to combat this issue.


How to Contact Us

Center for Community Engagement

Arkansas Union A643

(479) 575 4365



Email Us: recovery@uark.edu


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