Food For Free Announces 12 New Grants From Local Foundations and Businesses

Non-Profit Organization Provides Hunger Relief to Families and Individuals in Greater Boston

Cambridge, MA (January 2021) Food For Free, the Cambridge and Somerville-based, non-profit organization dedicated to providing every member of the Greater Boston community with reliable access to fresh and nutritious food, announced today that they have received 12 grants from a variety of community and corporate organizations. These are grants that were received between August and December 2021 and will help Food For Free continue to provide food for people in need, especially critical during these pandemic times when the need is at an all-time high.

The grants came from the following community and corporate organizations, all committed to supporting hunger relief in the Greater Boston region, and supporting Food For Free’s Food Rescue program to rescue food that might otherwise go to waste:

As Food For Free is expanding due to the unprecedented need for food in Greater Boston, many other partners have stepped up to show support for the organization including a significant business donation from Alexandria Real Estate Equities

Cabot Family Charitable Trust has provided significant support towards Food For Free’s Carrot Card Program. As part of Food For Free’s school programs, the Carrot Card program serves over 1,800 food-insecure K-8 grade children in Cambridge and Somerville with refillable grocery cards for the weekend to ensure children can come to school on Monday fed and ready to learn. Additionally, Life Science Cares is investing in the overall growth and expansion of Food For Free. The funding will support the organization as they navigate moving forward after more than doubling in size since March 2020.

“We are experiencing a need higher than we’ve ever seen before,” said Sasha Purpura, CEO of Food for Free. “Getting healthy food to every person in need is our main priority right now, and thanks to our generous donor partners we’ve been able to expand and not miss a beat. This past year, we served over 40,000 individuals and distributed over 6 million pounds of food. This is a feat we wouldn’t have been able to accomplish without our wonderful partners.”



Food For Free is a Cambridge and Somerville-based, non-profit organization dedicated to providing the Greater Boston community with reliable access to fresh and nutritious food. Food For Free accomplishes its mission through food rescue, partnerships with schools, colleges, and community food programs, and our own direct service programs. In the last year, Food For Free distributed 6 million pounds of nutritious food to roughly 40,000 people throughout Greater Boston and was named 2020.Org Impact Award winner in the Fighting Hunger and Poverty category for its work improving access to healthy food within the Boston community. To learn more, please visit us at, or follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.