January 31, 2013
Didriks Announces Fifth Annual February Fundraiser to Benefit Food For Free
Cambridge, MA  January 31, 2013 —   Didriks, a retailer of outdoor furniture and home furnishings, announced that they will donate five percent of in-store and online sales during the month of February to Cambridge, MA nonprofit Food For Free.  This will be Didriks’ fifth annual fundraiser to benefit Food For Free, an organization that collects fresh food and distributes it to those in need in the local community.

Didriks invites the public to an in-store kickoff party for the month-long campaign on February 7th 2013, from 5-8pm. Catering for the event will be provided by Season to Taste catering, with live music.

Food for Free Executive Director, Sasha Purpura, said “We’re thrilled to partner with Didriks for this fundraiser, and grateful for their continued support. Events like this help to create greater awareness for our cause, which in turn helps us to support more individuals in Cambridge. We appreciate the opportunity to shed more light onto the issues of hunger in our local community, and how we’re addressing that with healthy and nutritious food.”

Jonathan Henke, owner of Didriks, said “Didriks is proud to support Food For Free during this fifth-annual fundraiser, which highlights the important work that Food For Free is doing.  We are fortunate to have this great organization in our community. Every year we look forward to our Food For Free fundraiser, which has become an important and fun part of our business.”

About Food For Free 
Bridging the gap between waste and want
Food For Free rescues fresh food that might otherwise go to waste, and distributes it within the local emergency food system to those who need it most.  Food For Free programs address not only short-term hunger, but obesity, diet-related disease, and other long-term health effects of food insecurity and poor nutrition. Their use of rescued food also cuts down on food waste. Visit the Food For Free website for more information. http://www.foodforfree.org/

About Didriks
Didriks helps customers create inspired home environments with their collection of home furnishings, accents, and outdoor furniture. Didriks provides attentive, personalized service and offers free shipping throughout the United States. They carry the highest quality teak and stainless steel outdoor furniture, designed and manufactured by Barlow Tyrie. Didriks also carries Belgian linen from Libeco Home, woven vinyl mats by Chilewich, dinnerware, fine pottery and cookware from Simon Pearce, iittala, Heath Ceramics, Match Pewter, Mauviel, Alessi and other fine brands. http://www.didriks.com/

For more information, call 617-354-5700, stop into the store at 190 Concord Ave on Observatory Hill in Cambridge, MA or visit their web site. http://www.didriks.com/

Contact:
Jonathan Henke
617-354-5700

January 7, 2013

FOOD FOR FREE and BOSTON ORGANICS HARVEST a NEW VENTURE for the NEW YEAR

This week, Food For Free and Boston Organics announce a partnership to expand Food For Free’s Home Delivery, a program which brings food to low-income Cambridge residents who cannot access food pantries due to illness or disability. The partnership provides an immediate 20% increase in deliveries with room to grow in response to future demand.

Currently, Food For Free’s Home Delivery brings 40-45 pounds of groceries to 60 homebound Cambridge clients one Saturday per month. ‘Through the partnership with Boston Organics, a second delivery day will be added each month to accommodate 12-15 new clients,’ explains Sasha Purpura, Executive Director of Food For Free. ‘This has allowed us to provide food for all of the individuals on our waiting list as of December and to begin to solicit additional applications.’

Boston Organics believes that philanthropy is a critical part of being a responsible member of the communities it serves; reflecting that, the company has donated produce to Food For Free for approximately seven years. Through the new Home Delivery partnership, Boston Organics is making a further commitment to Food For Free as well as its own mission of providing better access to healthy foods.

About Boston Organics
Boston Organics is a locally owned, independent organic produce and grocery delivery service which works directly with farms and wholesalers to deliver boxes of fresh organic produce to homes and offices, year-round, on a weekly or biweekly basis.

Boston Organics is located in Charlestown, MA. For information, visit www.bostonorganics.com.

December 13, 2012

WHOLE FOODS MARKET® FRESH POND HOSTS ANNUAL “WHOLE NIGHT MADNESS SALE”

8th Annual holiday event features special 50% sales flyer, live DJ, raffles, and more!

5% of the net proceeds from the Whole Night Madness Sale to benefit Food For Free.

WHAT: 36-hours of non-stop shopping! Beginning at 7:00 am on December 23rd, the Fresh Pond store will host a “Whole Night Madness Sale” featuring exclusive 50% off sales on select holiday items from 10:00 pm to 5:00 am as well as free giveaways, enter-to-win raffles and more.

WHEN: Open 7:00 am Dec 23rd until 7:00 pm Dec 24, 2012

WHERE: Whole Foods Market Fresh Pond | 200 Alewife Brook Parkway | Cambridge, MA

Contact
Michelle Holcomb, Food For Free
development@foodforfree.org
617.868.2900 x 326

Claire Davies, Whole Foods
claire.davies@wholefoods.com
617.491.0040

July 2, 2012

David Leslie Retires as Executive Director of Food For Free;
Board Announces New Executive Director

The Board of Food For Free announces the retirement of Executive Director David Leslie effective July 1. “We have accepted David’s wish to retire with great reluctance,” says Board Chair Peggy Kutcher, “in his seven years, David has made many contributions to Food For Free – including its financial stability and its ongoing health. He will be much missed.”

Leslie came to Food For Free in 2004 and has successfully lead the Cambridge non profit through economically tough times. ‘He increased the Produce Rescue Program, introduced new initiatives like The Transportation Partnership Program, and grew the budget while keeping it balanced,’ says past Board Chair Maggie McNally adding, ‘David was an out-and-out magician in my opinion!’ Thirty-one years ago when it was formed, the goal of Food For Free was to end hunger in Cambridge. Unfortunately food insecurity has grown since then as has the need for programs offered by Food For Free; Leslie leaves the non profit well-positioned to continue its work in both Cambridge and surrounding communities.

On July 2, Sasha Purpura becomes Food For Free’s new Executive Director. Purpura brings a strong mix of experience including stints in the for profit world at Nokia and Iron Mountain. Purpura then turned her career focus toward food and environmental issues through involvement in the local food movement at Southeastern Massachusetts Agricultural Partnersip, Plymouth Local Foods and Slow Money as well as co-owning an organic farm in Southeastern Massachusetts. Purpura completed her MBA in Organizational and Environmental Sustainability at Antioch University New England. The Board welcomes Purpura and looks forward to working with her to continue the work of Food for Free.

Contact
Anne A. Cushman
617.497.212

February 10, 2012

Didriks Announces Fourth Annual February Campaign to Benefit Food For Free

Didriks, a retailer of outdoor furniture and home furnishings announced that they will donate five percent of in-store and online sales in February to Cambridge, MA nonprofit Food For Free. This will be Didriks’ fourth annual campaign to benefit Food For Free, an organization that collects and provides fresh food to the needy.

The campaign kicked off with an in-store bash open to the public on February 2nd, 2012, with catering for the event provided by Season to Taste catering.

Food For Free Director, David Leslie, said “We’re grateful to partner with Didriks for this promotion and appreciate their continued support. Campaigns such as this help spread the word about what we do, addressing the issues of local hunger with healthy and nutritious food.”

Jonathan Henke, owner of Didriks said “It is really a pleasure to consistently support the important work that Food For Free is doing. With each year our campaign gets more successful. We’re looking forward to continue that trend.”

About Didriks
Didriks helps customers create inspired home environments with their collection of home furnishings, accents, and outdoor furniture. Didriks provides attentive, personalized service, including free shipping. Didriks carries the highest quality teak and stainless steel outdoor furniture, designed and manufactured by Barlow Tyrie. Didriks also carries Belgian linen from Libeco Home, American-made blankets from Brahms Mount, placemats and floormats by Chilewich, dinnerware, fine pottery and cookware from Simon Pearce, iittala, Heath Ceramics, Match Pewter, Mauviel, Jars Ceramics, Revol, Schott Zwiesel, Pillivuyt and other fine brands.

For more information, call 617-354-5700, see the showroom at 190 Concord Ave in Cambridge, MA (M-F 10-7, Sat 10-6, Sun 11-5), or visit their web sites at www.didriks.com and www.belgianlinen.com

Contact:
Rich Schieferdecker, Online Manager, Didriks.com
rich@didriks.com
direct line 617.797.3404
www.didriks.com| www.belgianlinen.com
Blog: blog.didriks.com
Twitter: @Didriks190
Facebook: www.facebook.com/Didriks190

January 16, 2012

Harvest Co-op Markets raises $3,000 to feed the hungry

Harvest Co-op Markets was proud to present checks to two local non-profit groups serving the hungry and homeless in the Boston/Cambridge area. This annual donation program, titled “A Small Gift That Goes a Long Way”, was generated through gift cards available at the cash registers at Harvest’s Cambridge and Jamaica Plain locations during the 2011 holiday season. Harvest members, shoppers and staff selected cards of different denominations to be added to their shopping totals.

The money raised will be used by The Greater Boston Food Bank and Food For Free in Cambridge to serve local food programs. With this program starting in 2000, this is the twelfth year Harvest members and customers have generously donated to those in need.

Marc Cutler, Operations Manager, and Chris Durkin, Membership Director of Harvest Co-op Markets, presented checks to David Leslie and Michelle Holcomb from Food For Free; and Jessica Benjamin and Carrie Clark from The Greater Boston Food Bank at Harvest Co-op, 581 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge.

Harvest Co-op Markets is a not-for-profit, community owned natural food retailer with locations at 581 Massachusetts Avenue, Central Square, Cambridge, and 57 South St, Jamaica Plain.

For further information contact Chris Durkin at 617-661-1580 ex. 132

November 8, 2011

Food For Free Announces Openings in Home Delivery Program

Food For Free is now accepting applications from low-income, elderly or disabled Cambridge residents who wish to participate in our Home Delivery program.

Home Delivery is a food assistance program for low-income individuals who are unable to access food pantries dues to illness or disability. Participants receive deliveries of food once a month. A typical delivery consists of 40-50 pounds of food, and includes fresh fruits and vegetables, frozen meat or fish, and non-perishable foods such as soup and cereal. Food For Free’s Home Delivery program is available only to Cambridge residents.

To be eligible, individuals must:
1. Live in Cambridge, Massachusetts
2. Qualify as low-income under HUD guidelines (less than $30,050 per year for one person)
3. Be unable to access food pantries on their own due to illness or disability and submit a letter from a health-care provider attesting to this fact
4. Live alone, or live only with individuals who are also unable to access food pantries due to illness or disability

For more information, or to receive an application, individuals should contact David Leslie at (617) 868-2900 extension 307. The application is also available for download here.

Food For Free Committee’s Home Delivery Program is supported by the Cambridge Department of Human Services Community Development Block Grant Program, the Emergency Food and Shelter Program, and the Bushrod H. Campbell and Adah F. Hall Charity Fund.

June 13, 2011

July 6 at Whim to Benefit Food For Free

What: Cambridge-based chefs, Jason Bond of Bondir and Erwin Ramos of Olé Mexican Grill, are slated to open Whim, the brand new restaurant located at Smolak Farms located in North Andover, Massachusetts, this summer.

Whim Restaurant is a permanent installation at Smolak Farms, featuring some of the top chefs from around New England every Wednesday night starting June 29th, 2011 and continuing on through August 24th, 2011. A partnership between Smolak Farms, Edible Boston, Gilt City Boston, Le Cordon Bleu Boston, Yelp!, Vermont Fresh Network and New England Cooks, “Whim,” is an innovative dining experience meant to promote local agritourism and draw attention to local sustainability and farms as well as the chef’s raw talent.

Chef Jason Bond will kick off Whim on Wednesday, June 29th, 2011, with award-winning Chef Erwin Ramos following suit on Wednesday, July 6th, 2011! Both Cambridge Chefs seek to create a unique experience, playing off both of their restaurants cuisine and specialties: for Bond, a relaxed and sustainable environment, and for Ramos a lively, yet authentic menu inspired by the delicacies from the various regions of Mexico.

Guests of Whim at Smolak Farms will be served a three-course dinner under the stars as both Bond and Ramos cook “in the rough.”

The menu for Whim is only unveiled that evening.

“This is a chance for diners to experience our cooking and learn about who we are. We cook in accordance with the best ingredients of that day and give you a real picture of place and season, showcasing the vibrant flavors of New England,” said Chef Jason Bond.

Whim is different in several ways explains owner of Smolak Farms, Michael Smolak, “We’ve held off on doing a dining series because we wanted to offer something distinctly different…that would allow the chefs involved to flex their creative muscle and showcase our farm and what we do here.”

Each week the featured chef will be cooking for his/her own charity. Chef Bond has chosen Faith Kitchen, a cooperative effort of Faith Lutheran Church, Temple Beth Shalom, and many other members of the community to feed the less fortunate.

The proceeds of Chef Ramos’ Whim experience will benefit Food For Free, a local nonprofit that responds to local hunger by rescuing fresh food that would otherwise go to waste and distributing it within the emergency food system where it can reach those who need it.

For more information on “Whim”–The Restaurant at Smolak Farms, please visit smolakfarms.com. Tickets can be purchased directly via: http://www.giltcity.com/boston/smolakfarms

Where: Smolak Farms, 315 South Bradford Street, North Andover, MA 01845

When: June 29th, 2011: Whim Featuring: Chef Jason Bond of Bondir Restaurant
Charity: Faith Kitchen

July 6th, 2011: Whim Featuring: Chef Erwin Ramos of Olé Mexican Grill
Charity: Food for Free

Info: $60 per person (gratuity and beverages not included). Visit: Smolakfarms.com for a complete schedule, additional information and to purchase tickets. Included in the ticket price is a 3-course dinner and hayride farm tour. Dress is casual. Beverages not included. Paired wines, beer and non-alcoholic beverages available for purchase. Only one menu will be presented with no substitutions. Ticket is non-refundable.

For more information, contact:
Shannon Igoe shannon@imageunlimited-boston.com
Emily Sharp Emily@imageunlimited-boston.com
Image Unlimited Communications, Ltd.
781.721.462

April 25, 2011

Didriks’ Third Annual February Campaign for Food For Free A Success

Didriks, a retailer of outdoor furniture and home furnishings in the Observatory Hill neighborhood of Cambridge, has concluded their February campaign to benefit Food For Free and deemed it a great success. This was Didriks’ third annual campaign for Food For Free.
Food For Free Director, David Leslie, said “We’re thrilled with the success of Didrik’s campaign—the most successful to date—and thank them once again for their continued support.”

About Didriks
Didriks helps customers create inspired home environments with their collection of home furnishings, accents, and outdoor furniture. Didriks provides attentive, personalized service,
including free shipping. Didriks carries the highest quality teak and stainless steel outdoor furniture, designed and manufactured by Barlow Tyrie. Didriks also carries Belgian linen from
Libeco Home, woven vinyl mats by Sandy Chilewich, dinnerware, fine pottery and cookware from Simon Pearce, iittala, Heath Ceramics, Match Pewter, Mauviel, and other fine brands.
For more information about Didriks, call 617-354-5700, see the showroom at 190 Concord Ave in Cambridge, MA or visit their web sites at www.didriks.com and www.belgianlinen.com.

March 7, 2011

CAMBRIDGE BASED NON PROFIT FOOD FOR FREE TURNS 30
STILL COMMITTED TO BRIDGING THE GAP BETWEEN WASTE AND WANT

To kick off its 30-year anniversary, Food For Free will co-sponsor the Cambridge Forum discussion on food security on Wednesday, April 13, 7:00 pm at the First Parish, 1 Church Street, in Harvard Square. A reception at 6:00 pm precedes the event; both are free and open to the public.

‘As Food For Free enters its 30th year, we want to celebrate the outstanding work of our staff, volunteers, and generous supporters, who enable us to serve our community by rescuing fresh food and distributing it within the local emergency food system,’ says Food For Free Executive Director David Leslie, adding, ‘Unfortunately, we cannot celebrate the end of hunger and close up shop. What we can do, however, is build awareness around food policy, and the Cambridge Form offers us just such an opportunity.’

The speaker at the April event is Andrew Rimas, editor of the Improper Bostonian and co-author, with Evan D. G. Fraser, of Empires of Food: Feast, Famine, and the Rise and Fall of Civilizations. Rimas will discuss his new book which invites the timely question, what does this sweeping look at the relationships among food, food availability, new foods, and developing human civilizations tell us about food security in our own warming world? Certainly food for thought as Food For Free enters its third decade and an ever increasing demand for its services.

About The Cambridge Forum
Cambridge Forum began in the late 1960s as a public event in which leaders in academia, politics, and the professions speak on critical issues and ideas and respond to audience questions. Events take place in the First Parish Unitarian Universalist Church in Harvard Square and are recorded live for broadcast. The Cambridge Forum is one of public radio’s longest running public affairs programs.

This is the third Forum event co-sponsored by Food For Free since 2007.

January 20, 2011

Didriks Announces Third Annual February Campaign to Benefit Food For Free

Didriks, a retailer of outdoor furniture and home furnishings announced that they will donate five percent of in-store and online sales in February to Cambridge, MA nonprofit Food For Free. This will be Didriksʼ third annual campaign to benefit Food For Free, an organization that collects and provides fresh food to the needy.

Didriks invites the public to an in-store kickoff party on February 3rd, 2011, from 5-8pm. Catering for the event is provided by Season to Taste catering.

Food For Free Director, David Leslie, said “Weʼre excited and grateful to partner with Didriks once again for this promotion and appreciate their continued support. This campaign brings more awareness of what we do, addressing the issues of local hunger with healthy and nutritious food.”

Jonathan Henke, owner of Didriks said “Didriks has proudly supported Food For Free for six years, and we feel that its important to continue to make this extra effort to benefit the least fortunate in a time of slow economic recovery.”

About Didriks
Didriks helps customers create inspired home environments with their collection of home furnishings, accents, and outdoor furniture. Didriks provides attentive, personalized service,
including free shipping. Didriks carries the highest quality teak and stainless steel outdoor furniture, designed and manufactured by Barlow Tyrie. Didriks also carries Belgian linen from
Libeco Home, woven vinyl mats by Sandy Chilewich, dinnerware, fine pottery and cookware from Simon Pearce, iittala, Heath Ceramics, Match Pewter, Mauviel, and other fine brands. Didriks has been featured nationally in home furnishings publications such as Elle Decor, Martha Stewart Magazine, Bon Appetit, and Good Housekeeping.

For more information, call 617-354-5700, see the showroom at 190 Concord Ave in Cambridge,MA (M-F 10-7, Sat 10-6, Sun 11-5), or visit their web sites at www.didriks.com and www.belgianlinen.com.

Contact: Jonathan Henke, 617-354-5700

January 13, 2011

Cambridge Local First Raises Over $10,000 For Food For Free

Cambridge Local First’s “Think Local Thank Local” campaign to support Cambridge folks in need exceeded all expectations. The participating Cambridge Local First (CLF) businesses and their customers responded to the increasing needs of our neighbors. Thirty-six CLF businesses donated a percentage of their revenues during the week after Thanksgiving to Food For Free a Cambridge organization that maintains a food pantry for the needy.

We’re thrilled to announce that Cambridge Local First members raised over $10,000 for this important Cambridge nonprofit. This was the best year ever for this four year old event.

To celebrate the success of the project, a party will be held on January 24th from 6:00 – 8:00 pm at Christopher’s Restaurant on 1920 Massachusetts Avenue. It’s open and free to the public complete with tasty hors d’œuvres and a cash bar.

Contact: Janneke House, 857-998-7392, cambridgelf@gmail.com

November 10, 2010

Cambridge Local First is launching its fourth annual “Think Local Thank Local” campaign for charity. This year, 36 locally owned, independent Cambridge businesses will donate a portion of their proceeds to Food For Free, which brings fresh, nutritious food to existing food programs and to people who cannot access traditional food programs.

Participating businesses in the “Think Local Thank Local” campaign pledge a percentage of their revenues during the first week of peak holiday shopping after Thanksgiving. They promote “Think Local, Thank Local” in their stores, on storefront signs, and in other media. The campaign aims to mutually energize both the local charity and the affiliated local businesses. Past campaigns have benefited local charities On the Rise and the Cambridge Housing Assistance Fund.

To support Food For Free, please shop where you see a “Think Local. Thank Local” sign. The campaign will begin the day after Thanksgiving and runs until Friday, December 3 this year. The participating local businesses include:

Harvard Square: Cardullo’s Gourmet Shoppe, Clothware, Curious George Books and Toys, The Games People Play, Harvard Book Store, Irving House at Harvard, KangoGift, Patricia Mazza Real Estate, Tis tiK, Veggie Planet, West Side Lounge

Porter Square: Cambridge Common, Cambridge Naturals, Christopher’s Restaurant, Greenward, Henry Bear’s Park, Joie de Vivre, Salon Luna, Stellabella Toys, TAGS Hardware

Central Square: 1369 Coffeehouse, Harvest Co-op Market, Toscanini’s, University Stationery

Citywide: Home Care Contractors

East Cambridge: Mayflower Poultry Company

Huron Village: Easy Chairs Antiques, The Fishmonger, William Henry Furniture

Inman Square: 1369 Coffeehouse, Boutique Fabulous, Stellabella Toys

Kendall Square: Cambridge Brewing Company

Mid-Cambridge: A Bed and Breakfast, Harding House

North Cambridge: Griffin Properties

Observatory Hill: Didriks, Reside, Inc.

About Cambridge Local First
Cambridge Local First is a network of locally owned and independent businesses in Cambridge, MA. Cambridge Local First’s nearly 300 members share a commitment to building a strong local economy and a vibrant, distinct community.

Contact: Janneke House, 857-998-7392, cambridgelf@gmail.com

November 3, 2010

A few days before Thanksgiving, acclaimed Central Square restaurant Rendezvous celebrates its fifth birthday with a fund raiser for Food For Free, a local non profit based just blocks away. The three course meal includes appetizer and entrée choices followed by Rendezvous’ signature dessert: Lemon-buttermilk pudding with huckleberry sauce. The cost for lunch, beverage and gratuity is $25 per person and 100% of the proceeds will go to Food For Free. There will be two seatings, at 11:30 am and 1:00 pm, to accommodate busy holiday schedules. Restaurant information here. To make a reservation, call Rendezvous at 617.576.1900.

In deciding to host the benefit, Rendezvous chef/owner Steve Johnson said, ‘first and foremost, it is our philosophical bond with Food For Free’s mission ‘to bridge the gap between waste and want’ and our alignment with their practical application of strategies and resources’. In addition, Johnson and General Manager Nicole Bernier believe in supporting Cambridge-, and specifically Central Square-, based non profit organizations because these relationships with the local community are the most meaningful and personally satisfying.

Johnson is also a supporter of buying from local suppliers, especially farmers, for Rendezvous where freshness and nutritional value are incorporated into the menu every day. Food for Free’s priorities are similar. The Produce Rescue Program rescues fresh food from Farmers’ Markets and other local sources, distributing it to over 76 emergency food programs in Cambridge, Somerville and Boston. By prioritizing fresh produce, Food For Free addresses not only hunger but also nutrition, obesity and diet-related disease. Proceeds from the benefit at Rendevous will go to support Produce Rescue, the heart of Food for Free’s work.

For more information, including the Giving Thanks Benefit Menu, go here.

August 31, 2010

Tickets are now on sale for The Party Under the Harvest Moon. Join us for a glittering party to benefit our Produce Rescue program.

Raise a glass with local luminaries including Car Talk’s Tom and Ray Magliozzi, WBUR’s Robin Young and Suzanne Wallen from Partners in Health; enjoy heavenly food and drink generously donated by area restaurants; bid on a galaxy of silent auction items and dance the night away to the live music of the Blue Suede Boppers.

More information is available here.

Purchase tickets here.

July 6, 2010

Food For Free announces its new Transportation Partnership with the Greater Boston Food Bank. This program will pick-up food from the food bank and deliver it to nine Cambridge food programs that do not have their own transportation. The program is expected to transport 700,000 pounds of food in the next year.

Similar services used to be offered by the American Red Cross, but that program recently ended.

“Food For Free came to the rescue” said Catherine D’Amato, CEO of the Greater Boston Food Bank, “I applaud Food For Free’s willingness to step in where there was a need. Transportation…is critical to the functioning of the emergency food system….[and] we at the Greater Boston Food Bank are thankful that Food For Free knows the importance of simply getting food to those who need it.”

 

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