About Us

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


Truckloads of food on Columbia Road, Dorchester - 1995

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.



This pallet of surplus paint would have been thrown away because the labels ripped during shipping. We donated it to repaint Cleveland Elementary School.

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.

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What Can You Do With Your $2 Bag?

The Fair Foods $2 bag items are always a surprise! Since we don’t know what items we will get until the day of, there is not much room for planning. Fortunately, every bag no matter the day is filled with fresh, delicious items. One simple way to prepare these items is a stir-fry! Below is […]

Posted on 22 November 2013 | 5:52 pm

Portion Control

As delicious and satisfying as a heaping plate of food may seem, it is important for all of us to manage our portion to keep us in good health. Believe me, I know how easy it is to eat too much. Our society makes us want everything to be bigger and better. Mega and super […]

Posted on 27 October 2013 | 6:36 pm

Bake…Don’t Fry!

Fried food is tasty. Its salty, fatty, crunchy coating is extremely satisfying when we are hungry. It reminds us of home, family, and friends. It is easy, simple, and cheap. I wish I could tell you that fried food is good for your heart or that it will help you to lose weight, but this […]

Posted on 27 October 2013 | 6:33 pm

Roasted Veggie Stackers

Roasting vegetables in the oven is a fast and easy way to use vegetables when you aren’t sure what to do with them. Roasting brings out a vegetable’s sweetness and juice, and you may be surprised to learn that you like a previously hated veggie when roasted instead of raw or steamed. For this example, […]

Posted on 25 October 2013 | 10:47 am

No-Guilt Banana Ice Cream

Wondering what to do with all of those ripe bananas you just got in your $2 bag? Make ice cream in your very own home!  In just an hour or so, you can have a sweet frozen treat that is cheap, delicious and creamy, and completely healthy. Yes, there is such a thing as healthy […]

Posted on 25 October 2013 | 10:36 am

Avocados!!!

OMG Avocados!  And by avocados I mean the 116 or so cases of avocados (2900 lbs.) Fair Foods picked up in the past week.  Not only did we have a lot of them, but they were good!  And by good, as those who have tried them can vouch, I mean great!  I have only seen […]

Posted on 15 February 2012 | 9:18 pm

Salad with Chipotle Hummus

  With all the greens, tomatoes and onions we get in our $2 Produce Bags, I’ve been eating a lot of salad!   One of my favorite “dressings’ is acutally hummus and other bean based spreads.  They add a lot of flavor and nutrition to the salad compared to traditional dressings. If you have a food […]

Posted on 6 November 2011 | 5:08 pm

Simple Cilantro Chutney

If you find yourself with an abundance of cilantro from your $2 produce bag, this is a great way use it up!  This will keep in the fridge for at least 2 weeks and freezes really well.  Add a couple tablespoons to beans, rice, veggies, hummus or anywhere you’d like a little zing.  It’s great […]

Posted on 6 November 2011 | 10:55 am

More $2 bags of Produce!

 

Posted on 6 November 2011 | 10:47 am

Drink your greens!

  Here’s a simple way to get more greens into your diet! Drink them! For a basic green smoothie you need: 1 frozen banana 2 cups greens (baby spinach, lettuce) or 1 cup baby collards/kale 1 cup water, non-dairy milk or milk Blend until smooth. Make sure to add the liquid to the blender first! […]

Posted on 6 November 2011 | 10:28 am