By Ryan Lee, Operations Director, Food For Free Committee, Inc.
Food for Free is thrilled to partner with the Boston Public Market to ensure that fresh, local food is available to people in the Boston area. Since 1981, Food For Free has been finding a home for food that would otherwise be wasted. Last year alone, working with growers, retailers, and food service organizations, we were able to bring 2 million pounds of food to hungry people in the Boston area.
Too often, people who struggle to make ends meet must choose the lowest cost food that will satisfy their family’s hunger. Working with the wonderful vendors at the Boston Public Market, we are proud to be able to offer a different option–the chance to enjoy the fresh, healthy produce that everyone would want to put on their dinner table. The food we rescue goes to soup kitchens, food pantries, shelters, treatment centers, schools, and other community programs that work hard to provide food to our neighbors.
This local produce provides an infusion of healthy food to the programs we work with. The residents of Chelsea who visit the St. Luke’s Food Pantry were able to enjoy beautiful heirloom tomatoes from the recent Tomato Contest at the Market. Residents of Grant Manor have been delighted by the sweet corn from the Market. Food For Free is proud to have cultivated relationships with organizations who do such great work every day.
As the Boston Public Market grows, we are eager to play a key role in the mission of the market–providing fresh, healthy food to consumers of all income levels. To learn more about what we do and to help us do it, please visit foodforfree.org.