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Ready to Help Fight Hunger?

Help us End Food Waste

DURATION

Less than 30 Minutes

WHERE

You can reach out to farmers, supermarkets, universities, wholesalers, etc. 

WHEN

Throughout the year

WHOSE HELP IS REQUIRED

Adult

HOW IT MAKES A DIFFERENCE

500,000 people in Eastern Massachusetts struggle with food insecurity. That’s 1 in 9 members of our community. And yet every day, businesses in Massachusetts throw away thousands of pounds of healthy, edible food.

By donating your excess food, you are helping the environment and ensuring that more people have access to healthy food.

Additionally, donating your excess food rather than sending it to compost or landfill can save you waste-hauling costs and you may be eligible for tax incentives. 

DESCRIPTION

Tell a Food Establishment to Donate Food to Us

Food For Free can accept food donations from licensed food service establishments. We cannot accept individual donations. 


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SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS

We accept any non-plated food that has been handled in accordance with standard food-safety regulations—this can include grocery items, produce, wrapped sandwiches, salads, or prepared food that has been safely brought down to temperature (40 degrees or below). Please do not donate food that you would not be willing to serve to your clients.


NEXT STEPS

Know of a food service that doesn't donate their leftover food?  Contact them and let them know we make food donation easy.  Click on VIEW INSTRUCTIONS below for details.


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Sound like fun?VIEW INSTRUCTIONS to get started.
Sending or dropping off items to a nonprofit? Don't forget to tell them you found them through PGK! Download and print a packing slip here.
  1. Reach out to a food service or while at a restaurant, ask if they donate their food. 
  2. Let them know about Food for Free and how easy we make it for them to donate their food. Our Operations Director will work with them to establish a convenient schedule for pick-up of your excess food based on the amounts available, your storage capacity, and our vehicle availability. Excess food should be stored in a safe manner. When our drivers arrive, they will place that food in boxes provided by Food For Free and transport them in refrigerated trucks to our own cooler and freezer storage or directly to one of our recipient agencies.We track all donations, both in and out, for safe record keeping and by request can provide you with how much food your organization has donated by weight.
  3. The Harvard Food Law and Policy Clinic offers this fact sheet with further information.
  4. For more information, please contact Ben Engle, Operations Director: (857) 529-7762, operations@foodforfree.org.
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