Football games in Fort Worth are big business, with over 45,000 folks making the trek from across the state (and beyond) to cheer on the Horned Frogs. With a plethora of concession stands in addition to the upper-tier food options available - not to mention a pretty intense tailgating scene that leaves few hungry - you can imagine that there is a lot of leftover food after game day. But, according to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, all those goodies aren’t going to waste.
Ryan Osborne wrote a great article detailing the process TCU, with help from their caterer Sodexo, packages up all the leftovers on Mondays and shuttles them over to the Union Gospel Mission. From there, the food helps offset the nearly 900 meals served daily at UGM.
McCracken said the Food Recovery Network at TCU started with a primary focus of eliminating food waste. In the United States, 30-40 percent of the food supply is wasted, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
The group also helps serve food at the Union Gospel Mission once a month.
“It’s great to know that the Fort Worth community is benefiting,” McCracken said.
Clethan said most of the food donated by Sodexo and TCU is ready to eat. He stored the food in a freezer on Monday but expected to use it throughout the week. Union Gospel Mission serves meals to about 300 people three times a day, Clethan said.
“People really want to help out, but they don’t know how to help out sometimes,” Clethan said. “They just need to know there’s a place like this that can use things like that.”
The movement began amongst students, and they have spurred its success.
Megan McCracken, a senior student and president of the Food Recovery Network, said the group began in the spring with the deliveries from the dining hall.
After researching food recovery methods at other universities, the group learned that football stadium leftovers — because of the sheer quantity of the food needed — had been effective as donations elsewhere.
Give the article a read. It’s another great example of how TCU has truly become ingrained in the Fort Worth community and become every resident’s home team.