My name is Sasha Purpura and I’m the new Executive Director of Food For Free. I’m writing to tell you how excited I am to have the opportunity to be a part of and contribute to this amazing organization.
After finishing college with a degree in Computer Science, I spent the next 15 years working in high-tech in companies including Lotus Development Corp, Nokia, and Iron Mountain. In 2009, I realized it was time to make a change and left the corporate world to pursue an MBA in Sustainability and spend time at Plato’s Harvest, the 4-acre organic farm my husband and I started in 2006.
Over the past three years, my passion for fresh, healthy food has grown. I’ve seen, first hand, how much joy and excitement a hearty bunch of kale or a fresh-picked tomato can bring to people—never mind the incredible health benefits. I am honored to have the opportunity to now help bring that same healthy fresh food to those who would not typically have access to it and for whom the health benefits are of critical importance.
In the last several weeks, I have had the opportunity to work alongside David Leslie and to see the commitment that he—and the rest of the Food For Free staff—have brought to their work against hunger. I am so grateful to be a part of this organization’s history of service to the communities we serve.
I am also moved by the level of support that we receive from people like you—in donations, volunteer help, and the simple ‘thank you’s our drivers and other staff receive daily.
I look forward to getting to know many of you in the coming months and years as we all work together to relieve hunger in Cambridge, Somerville, and the neighboring cities.