We began as a surplus food distributor, but now we do much more. From repainting community schools to providing volunteer medical clinics, we are always striving to help our community any way we can.
Our namesake service has been rescuing and distributing surplus produce for 22 years. We supply produce to food pantries and other organizations, as well as getting our food right to the public with our Two Dollars a Bag program. We request a nominal handling fee to help defray our costs, but we have never turned away an individual or organization for lack of funds.
|This pallet full of mangoes we rescued would have otherwise been thrown away as the skin of some fruits were slightly wrinkled. |
Two Dollars a Bag
|Happy customers at aTwo Dollar a Bag stop at St. Botolph House in the South End. || |
Through Two Dollars a Bag we give out bags of our fresh produce at sites all over the city. Each bag contains ten to fifteen pounds of mixed fresh produce, and is available to anyone for a suggested donation of two dollars. Check our schedule to see when we are in your neighborhood.
Once we started delivering surplus food, we began to explore other avenues of industrial redistribution. Through Fair Exchange we rescue surplus building materials that would normally be sent to the landfill. From hardwood lumber salvaged from used pallets to cans of paint that could not be sold due to ripped labels, we find surplus building materials for the organizations that need them. With these materials we have repainted entire schools, aided community projects, sent supplies to disaster-stricken areas, and supplied our teen skill-building program Seats of Consciousness.
|Hardwood pallets are normally thrown away after one use. We turn used pallets into park benches, planters, and more! |
|They look like regular shoes, but diabetic shoes provide the extra padding and ventilation that can prevent injury and amputation. || |
Through Fair Foods, we have met a number of people with diabetes who receive inadequate care, or who are unaware of their care options. We began our Fair Shoes program to connect eligible recipients with free diabetic shoes. Our partners, including Boston Pedorthotics, A+ Medical Supply, and Bay Cove Human Services, custom fit these shoes for optimum comfort and protection. If you have diabetes and are interested, contact us to see if you are eligible and schedule a fitting.