Mahurin Honors College Capstone Experience/Thesis Projects



Additional Departmental Affiliation

Geography and Geology

Document Type



Food waste is a pervasive global issue with many environmental and social repercussions. While about one-third of all food produced for human consumption goes to waste, many people in the United States and the world are affected by food insecurity. Food recovery, the process of rescuing edible food that would otherwise go to waste and delivering to hungry people, is an effective solution for both food waste and food insecurity. The author of this capstone created a food recovery program at Western Kentucky University (WKU) in January 2019 and has grown the program’s scope and impact since that time. This paper explains the need for a food recovery program, the development of the Food Recovery Network (FRN) chapter at WKU over time, the outcomes of the program, and goals for the program in the future.

Advisor(s) or Committee Chair

Leslie North, Ph.D.


Agriculture | Environmental Sciences | Food Science | Geography