Food For Free Announces 13 Grants From Local Foundations and Businesses

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

Cambridge, MA (April 5th, 2021) Food For Free, the Cambridge-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 13 grants from a variety of community and corporate organizations. These are grants that were received between December 2020 and March 2021, and will help Food For Free continue to provide food for people in need, especially critical during the pandemic when the need is at an all-time high.

The grants came from community and corporate organizations, all committed to supporting hunger relief in the Greater Boston region and supporting Food For Free’s innovative programming as follows.

Grants from  Biogen, Takeda, and Life Science Cares will support the newly launched Just Eats Grocery Box program offering grab-and-go food to replace food boxes previously sourced from the USDA’s Farmers to Families food box program.

Grants from the Cambridge Savings Charitable Foundation and Roy A Hunt Foundation will support Food For Free’s Food Rescue program to rescue food that might otherwise go to waste. 

Grants from  Sanofi Genzyme, Lawrence J and Anne Rubenstein Charitable Foundation, Bushrod H Campbell and Ada F Hall Charity Fund, the Commonwealth of MA and Cambridge Community Foundation will support Home Delivery serving low-income Cambridge seniors and people with disabilities, bringing boxes of healthy food right to their doorstep.

A number of the grants support Food For Free’s School Programs. A grant from Kathryn and Charles Avision – Miriam Avison Charitable Fund will support services for highschool students as part of the Cambridge and Somerville Weekend Backpack Program. Grants from Biogen, Cambridge Savings Charitable Foundation, and Pfizer will support the Cambridge and Somerville Weekend Backpack Program.

An additional grant from  Life Science Cares also supports general operations at Food For Free.

“One of our biggest challenges has been keeping up with the high demand for food during the pandemic. In 2020, Food For Free distributed more than 4.7 million pounds of nutritious food, more than double the amount we distributed in 2019,” said Sasha Purpura, Executive Director of Food for Free. “We’re grateful to receive these grants and for all of the organizations who support Food For Free so we can continue fighting hunger in Greater Boston communities.”


Food For Free is a Cambridge-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 4.7 million pounds of nutritious food to more than 30,000 people throughout Greater Boston. To learn more, please visit us at, or follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.