Fair Foods began as a group of Dorchester neighbors, unhappy seeing the produce that was so expensive in grocery stores going to waste. Sourcing trucks and volunteers from the community, we began building relationships with produce distributors who would donate surplus food that we would distribute throughout the Boston Metro area.
With food prices so high and studies showing packaged food pushing wholesome produce out of the diets of poor people due purely to price, we have made it our mission to provide the same quality produce sold in supermarkets to everyone regardless of income. Along with supplying produce to food pantries and homeless shelters, with our Two Dollar a Bag program we go beyond emergency hunger relief programs. We do not require identification or income
verification; we provide food to anyone who needs it, because there is more than enough to go around. Beyond keeping people from going hungry, Fair Foods provides the building blocks of a healthy life: fresh, affordable fruits and vegetables fifty-two weeks per year.
Over the years, we have expanded and changed to fit our community. Reaching far beyond surplus food, we’ve used our trucks and industry contacts to supply millions of dollars’ worth of paint, lumber, clothes, and other vital goods to Boston and beyond, shipping as far as Georgia, North Dakota, Louisiana, the Ohio River Valley, Haiti and Cape Verde. In 1996 we started Seats of Consciousness, a teen job training program using surplus lumber and paint to design and build benches for sale or donation. We are always looking for new ideas and new volunteers to help us better serve our community.