Thank you for considering donating your excess food to people in need throughout Greater Boston. Food For Free is one of the oldest food rescue organizations in the nation, founded in 1981. We currently rescue nearly 2 million pounds of food each year from restaurants, supermarkets, universities, corporate dining halls, wholesalers, farms and other sources. We distribute this food to over 100 organizations reaching over 25,000 people.

Who can donate?

Due to food safety concerns, Food For Free can only accept food donations from licensed food service establishments. We cannot accept individual donations.

Volume, location, and scheduling are all factors in whether or not we can accommodate your food donation request. Our trucks regularly visit the following cities: Arlington, Boston, Cambridge, Chelsea, Everett, Malden, Medford, Somerville, and Watertown. We may be able to support pick-ups in other cities, particularly for larger volumes (250 pounds or more).

What kind of food can I donate?

We accept any non-plated food that has been handled in accordance with standard food-safety regulations—this can include grocery items, produce, wrapped sandwiches, salads, or prepared food that has been safely brought down to temperature (40 degrees or below). A simple way to determine if the food is acceptable for donation is, ask yourself “Is it safe and would I want to eat it?”

How does it work?

Our Operations Director will work with you to establish a convenient schedule for pick-up of your excess food based on the amounts available, your storage capacity, and our vehicle availability.

Excess food should be stored in food-safe containers and in accordance with food-safety regulations.. Our drivers will pack your food in boxes provided by Food For Free and transport it in refrigerated trucks to our own cooler and freezer storage or directly to one of our recipient agencies.

We are happy to provide you with regular updates regarding the amount of food donated by weight.

Interested in finding out more?

Please contact Ryan Lee, Operations Director: (781) 366-5674,


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