Seeking candidates for the Board of Directors

Edit, as of June 16, 2017: We are no longer recruiting new Board members

Food For Free improves access to healthy food within our community by rescuing food that would otherwise go to waste, strengthening the community food system, and creating new distribution channels to reach underserved populations.

In 1981 we became the nation’s first food rescue organization. Over the past 35 years we have expanded our anti-hunger work to include farming, delivery of fresh produce to homebound residents, food transportation services, a weekend backpack program for low-income school children, and more. Our newest program, Family Meals, is an innovative new model that repurposes surplus frozen prepared food from Harvard, Google, and other donors, creating well-balanced, microwavable meals for families sheltered in motels and others with limited access to cooking.

In the past few years there has been an increased focus on food recovery locally, nationally, and globally. In 2010, Massachusetts passed a progressive waste ban limiting the amount of food waste organizations can send to landfill. In 2015, President Obama and the EPA announced a national goal to cut food waste in half by 2030. Countries like France are passing laws requiring food donation from supermarkets and large institutions. Food for Free is proud to be part of a growing movement of food recovery on a local, national and international level.

Food For Free has benefited from an increased focus on food recovery. Over the past 5 years our budget has more than doubled while our impact has grown even further – food rescue has increased 3-fold, food distribution has grown by over 100%, we are reaching over ten thousand more individuals in metro Boston, and we’ve expanded our programming to impact schools, homeless families in motels, and more.

We are seeking board applicants who are passionate about environmental wellbeing and alleviating food insecurity. We annually look to recruit board members who have access to resources—financial, personal and professional networks, and/or relationships with organizations with surplus food—that want to play an active and engaged role in the continued growth of Food For Free. We seek individuals who are willing to bring their own particular skills and connections to the table. A few examples:
  • Are you a connector? Do you regularly find yourself successfully linking causes to funders, causes to solutions or causes to in-kind donors?
  • Do you have access to large donors or grant funding organizations that will support our mission?Can you make the case for big gifts confidently?
  • Do you have fast-track access to the right set of ears in government?
  • Are you connected to retailers, concessionaires, universities or corporations who will recognize goodwill opportunities to donate their surplus prepared food?
  • Do you have a platform to speak to the issues of food waste and food insecurity and health?

For more information email Sasha Purpura:

To apply for the position, please send a letter of interest discussing your qualifications to Sasha Purpura:
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