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Hunger Relief

Working at the Pine Street Inn
Working at the Pine Street Inn
Since the founding of The Food Project, one essential part of our mission has been to connect with and support local hunger relief organizations. We strive to donate approximately 25% of our harvest each season to hunger relief organizations, providing hundreds of thousands of meals to those in need each year. In addition, youth from our Seed and Dirt Crews serve these organizations directly by volunteering in their kitchens, dining rooms, and pantries.

Through communicating and building relationships with local soup kitchens and shelters, we have developed a greater understanding of the needs and preferences of hunger relief organizations in the area. We engage with a large variety of organizations, from highly established institutions to small-scale organizations, all of which are motivated to distribute fresh, healthy vegetables to the people that they serve.

Community service is an integral part of our youth curriculum. In Seed Crews, our teenagers work every day to help maintain and harvest the produce that we donate. The youth then spend one day each week at a hunger relief organization preparing and serving the vegetables that they helped to grow. Teens who continue in Dirt Crew spend many Saturdays at these soup kitchens and food pantries. Volunteering at hunger relief organizations is a crucial experience for many of our youth that helps to put the their efforts into a context of relevant and meaningful work.

Growing food for those in need is a powerful method of entering into dialogue about service to others. Each year, thousands of people volunteer at The Food Project's farms. These volunteers play an essential role in planting and harvesting crops during the spring and fall. By initiating activities relating to hunger and reflecting on the impact of their work, we encourage volunteers to think about hunger and their own capacity to serve their communities.

 

Here are some of the hunger relief organizations that we have worked with over the years:

  • Action Community Supper, Acton, MA
  • Beverly Bootstraps, Beverly, MA
  • Boston Medical Center Food Pantry, Boston, MA
  • Community Servings, Boston, MA
  • Greater Boston Food Bank, Boston, MA
  • Haley House, Boston, MA
  • Lazarus House, Lawrence, MA
  • My Brother’s Table, Lynn, MA
  • Pine Street Inn, Boston, MA
  • Red Cross Food Pantry, Boston, MA
  • Rosie’s Place, Boston, MA
  • The Open Door Cape Ann Food Pantry, Gloucester, MA
  • Women’s Lunch Place, Boston, MA

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