What We’re Up To: Winter 2017 Edition

It used to be that winter was a quieter season here at Food For Free. With Thanksgiving long gone and most farmers’ markets closed for the year, we used to spend winter quietly planning for the coming year, while continuing to rescue food from our many year-round donors.

This winter has been anything but quiet.

We’ve been hiring.
  • Lauren O’Brien (above) has replaced Suzannah McFerran as Program Coordinator for the Cambridge Weekend Backpack Program. She’ll be helping Alanna to order, pack, and distribute food and will work with Rindge School of Technical Arts chefs to expand their Food Justice curriculum. We are excited by her energy and focus on the issue of food justice and sustainability and how that will shape the program for the future!

  • John Haak has replaced Veronica Barron as part of the Development team. As Development Assistant, he’ll be the new voice of our social media. Say “hi” to him at the Empty Bowls event on April 22!

  • Sarah Adkins started on February 2 in the new position of Operations Coordinator. Sarah will provide an all-important link between our Food Rescue operations and our direct-service programs, like the School Markets, helping to ensure that these programs get the food and other resources they need to run smoothly.

  • And, finally, Amy Starzec joined Family Meals on February 7 as Program Coordinator. Previously a volunteer with the program, Amy will be helping Fiona to turn rescued prepared food into delicious single-serving meals at the Christ Church kitchen.
Somerville Family Learning Collaborative Liaisons

We’ve been growing.

Family Meals has started delivering meals to: Food Rescue is now serving:
  • Cambridge School Volunteers after-school homework help program. Once a week, we bring fresh fruit so that students can concentrate on their homework instead of their hunger.
And is about to start rescuing food from: And, finally, we’ve been in the news.
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