Specialty Food Association Members Donate 33,273 Pounds of Food After 2019 Winter Fancy Food Show

NEW YORK, NY (February 14, 2019)  More than 1,400 companies from around the world displayed 90,000 products at the Winter Fancy Food Show, January 13-15 at Moscone Center in San Francisco. On the final day, energetic volunteers arrived to collect specialty food donations from generous exhibitors as they wound down from the excitement of the show. 

Overseen by the Specialty Food Foundation, the collection of surplus food was spearheaded for the second year by the Food Recovery Network (FRN), the largest student movement taking on food waste and hunger in America. FRN’s National Office and a team of 103 volunteers collected, labeled, and packaged thousands of pounds of meat, cheese, specialty grocery, beverages, confections, and snacks. The FRN team and their volunteers then transported the food to Delancey Street Foundation, a local hunger-fighting nonprofit, which feeds food insecure people throughout the Bay Area. In total, 33,273 pounds of good food was recovered, making it the single largest one-day food recovery operation to-date for FRN National.

“Our organization has long prioritized food recovery,” said Ron Tanner, vice president of philanthropy, government, and industry relations for the Specialty Food Foundation. “A student-led organization like Food Recovery Network is a natural partner. We are always cultivating ways to connect younger generations to the specialty food industry, and what better way than working together for the greater good?”

“I’m thrilled to say that this is FRN National’s largest recovery to date,”” said Regina Northouse, executive director of the College Park, MD-based Food Recovery Network. “Food Recovery Network is a national nonprofit with a local solution to food insecurity. To that aim, all the food we recover will help fight hunger in the San Francisco area, which has a growing population that needs assistance.” 

About the Specialty Food Association
The Specialty Food Association is a thriving community of food artisans, importers and entrepreneurs. Established in 1952 in New York, the not-for-profit trade association provides its 3,800 members in the U.S. and abroad the tools, knowledge and connections to champion and nurture their companies in an always-evolving marketplace. The owns and produces the Winter and Summer Fancy Food Shows, and presents the sofi™ Awards honoring excellence in specialty food. Learn more at

About Food Recovery Network
Food Recovery Network (FRN) unites and supports college student leaders in the fight against food waste and hunger in America. Since 2011, FRN students have recovered more than 3.4 million pounds of food, that would otherwise go to waste, from their campus cafeterias and local restaurants to donate to hungry Americans. Food Recovery Network has over 235 college campus chapters in 44 states and the District of Columbia.
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