What is the OCPS - Food and Nutrition Services Food Recovery Program?

Orange County Public Schools Food and Nutrition Services (FNS) is building sustainable partnerships with local charitable organizations (501c)(3) and their volunteers to rescue leftover food from our kitchens. FNS has a combined goal to decrease waste in landfills by recovering leftover food for people who struggle with food insecurity in our communities.

Food recovery volunteers play a vital role in helping our community and others. Individuals interested in volunteering their time will need to complete an online application, and must be able to drive to specified locations when food recovery opportunities arise for the non-profit organization that they represent. Non-profit organizations and their volunteers will be responsible for their own transportation, gas and mileage, coolers and other equipment needed to transport food.

To become a food recovery volunteer* at one of our schools, please visit

*Volunteers must be affiliated with a non-profit organization (501c)(3) and should not be employees of Orange County Public Schools. A donation agreement must be on file with the Food and Nutrition Services Department and the non-profit organization. Non-profit organizations who wish to collaborate with FNS should contact [email protected]