Ben Simon — who founded the Food Recovery Network during his senior year at the University of Maryland, College Park — has been named to Forbes’ list of 30 Under 30 Social Entrepreneurs.
Food Recovery Network takes surplus food from colleges and their surrounding communities and donates it to people in need. As executive director of the organization, Simon, 25, oversees a staff of nearly 20 people, who have expanded the program nationwide.
What started at the University of Maryland has spread to 111 colleges in 31 states. And, as The Daily Record reported in October 2012, the Food Recovery Network model has influenced efforts in other local jurisdictions, including Montgomery County.
Simon told Forbes that the organization’s chapters have collected more than 611,000 pounds of food since September 2011.