Our Services

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.

Fair Foods

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.

Fair Exchange

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!

Fair Shoes

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.

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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


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