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.

Produce Rescue 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 2015, Food For Free distributed 2.05 million lbs of food
  • The food we collect helps to feed over 25,000 people

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Receiving food for your food program:
Is your pantry, meal program, or shelter interested in receiving food from Food For Free? Complete an Application.

Donating food:
Contact us to find out how to donate food.
Food For Free collects fresh and prepared foods from many sources:

  • Wholesale distributors
  • Grocery stores
  • Farms
  • Farmers’ Markets
  • CSA distribution sites
  • Bakeries and other retailers
  • Universities

We can also pick up food from your

  • Can drive
  • Catered event
  • Restaurant

We collect donations of:

  • Fruit
  • Vegetables
  • Bread and baked goods
  • Dairy products
  • Prepared foods
  • Frozen meat

Purchasing for the Cambridge Food Pantry Network

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.

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