Food rescue is the heart of Food For Free’s work. By recapturing fresh food that might otherwise be discarded, we reduce food waste while guaranteeing access to fresh produce and healthy meals for emergency food programs and individuals in need.
Our Produce Rescue
program prioritizes fresh fruits and vegetables, ensuring we address not only hunger, but also nutrition, obesity, and diet-related disease.
Our Prepared Food Rescue
program captures nutritious, healthy prepared foods, supplementing the work of Produce Rescue by reaching those that lack the space or ability to cook their own meals.
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Receiving food for your food program:
- We distribute the food we rescue to 100+ food programs in Arlington, Boston, Cambridge, Chelsea, Everett, Lynn, Malden, Medford, Peabody, Somerville, and Watertown
- In 2016, Food For Free distributed 1.95 million lbs of food
- The food we collect helps to feed 30,000 people
Is your pantry, meal program, or shelter interested in receiving food from Food For Free? Complete an Application.
to find out how to donate food.
Food For Free collects fresh and prepared foods from many sources
- Wholesale distributors
- Grocery stores
- Farmers' Markets
- CSA distribution sites
- Bakeries and other retailers
We can also pick up food from your
- Can drive
- Catered event
We collect donations of:
Purchasing for the Cambridge Food Pantry Network
- Bread and baked goods
- Dairy products
- Prepared foods
- Frozen meat
For pantries within the Cambridge Food Pantry Network, Food For Free is able to supplement the produce we salvage with purchased produce. The funding for the purchases themselves comes from the City of Cambridge City Food Fund
Food For Free does a limited amount of purchasing produce for other food programs as well.