UPDATE: Thanks to your generosity we donated $750 (and covered the transaction fees) to help this local organization!
We recently discovered that our friend, Trish Fontanilla, is on the board of Food for Free. You all may know Trish as the founder of the BOSFilipinos, she interviewed gather here founder, Virginia back in 2018 for their "Filipinos in Boston" series. Cambridge's Vice Mayor Alanna Mallon founded the Cambridge Weekend Backpack Program and joined Food for Free in January of 2016. We are big fans of Vice Mayor Mallon. Food for Free was the first organization we donated to when we began the We Care Wednesday initiative in 2017.
We have written about food insecurity and the pandemic over the past 18 months and with the pandemic continuing to stress whatever safety nets were in place, we wanted to help our neighbors and an organization we think truly is an essential part of the community. Our fundraising amount is definitely just a tiny fraction of what big name donors have contributed to Food for Free in the past but what we hope we can do is encourage the community to give their time.
You can explore volunteer opportunities HERE!
You can make a financial donation HERE!
Learn how licensed food service establishments (farms, restaurants, universities, etc) can donate food HERE!
*Since launching the We Care Wednesday initiative in January 2017 we have donated over $57,905 to a variety of nonprofits and mutual aid funds doing essential work in our community as well as other places. From the Mayor's Disaster Fund to BAGLY to Movement Voter Project and Found In Translation. We select organizations that we feel represent not only our commitment to a better, more equitable world but also our desire to "do all the good you can, by all the means you can, in all the ways you can, at all the times you can, to all the people you can, as long as ever you can."