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Since 1981, Cambridge based Food For Free, has responded to local hunger by rescuing food that would otherwise go to waste, and distributing it to local emergency food programs including food pantries, youth programs, shelters, and more. As one of the nation’s first food rescue programs, Food For Free, a local nonprofit, feeds more than 25,000 families annually in Greater Boston and beyond. In 2015, Food For Free rescued more than 1.7 million pounds of fresh, healthy food, which translated into over 1.3 million meals. Through a combination of food rescue, farming, and transportation programs, Food For Free’s year-round services give people access to fresh fruits and vegetables, which are typically lacking from the diets of low-income individuals and families.


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Choose a handmade ceramic bowl made by Mudflat artisans and fill it with delicious soups from local restaurants—before taking it home to keep!

Join us at Mudflat Pottery School on Saturday, April 16th for this fundraiser for Food For Free's Food Rescue programs.

Empty Bowls: a benefit for Food For Free at Mudflat Pottery School
​5-8pm | 81 Broadway, Somerville

Cambridge, a city not typically known for food insecurity and poverty, is home to elementary, middle, and high schools where nearly 50 percent of its student population receive free or reduced lunch. In an effort to combat this trend, local Cambridge based nonprofit organization, Food For Free, today announced the adoption of the Cambridge Weekend Backpack Program, to expand its reach to students and their families through the Cambridge school system.