School Markets

Food For Free School Markets are free, open to the community, look like farmers’ markets, and function like food pantries. 

Throughout the school year, we collaborate with 11 different schools across Cambridge and Somerville to host monthly markets for their families. These markets provide a convenient way for parents and caregivers to access food for their household while picking children up at school, without requiring an extra stop on their way home! 

Throughout the summer, Food For Free hosts 6 monthly School Markets where school families and community members can continue to come pick up fresh produce and shelf stable necessities free of charge while schools are closed. The markets take place on weekdays at elementary and middle schools throughout the Somerville/Cambridge area.

Hosting markets are part of our efforts to meet people where they are, and in this case, we make it easy for families to pick up healthy, nutritious food.

Photo of shelf-stable food staples on a table with a branded Food For Free tablecloth and people setting up a School Market in the background.
Photo of a Food For Free employee setting up a table of produce for School Markets.

Food insecurity is campus-wide concern. Food For Free is an additional resource allowing us to provide multiple meals to approximately 110 students a month.

― Kristine Larkin, Bunker Hill Community College Single Stop, Charlestown