Our Covid-19 Response

The Food Project is monitoring the COVID-19 situation on a daily basis and our top priority is the safety and welfare of our staff, our youth, and the communities in which we work. Across the organization, we are following the guidelines of the CDC and the Massachusetts Department of Public Health. 

More than ever, The Food Project needs your help. We’ve postponed our annual fundraising event, which we rely upon to fund 12 percent of our operating expenses including our summer youth program. COVID-19 and the resulting global economic crisis will undoubtedly impact our revenue in many other ways. Please help ensure that The Food Project will weather this storm, and continue to be a key contributor to an equitable, local food economy by donating any amount.

In response to Governor Baker’s stay-at-home advisory through April 7, 2020, we are instituting the following changes to our daily operations:

The Food Project Offices

The Food Project offices will remain closed through April 7, 2020. Administrative and program staff will continue to work from home and can be reached by email or phone. You can find contact information on our Staff Page

Youth Programs

We are suspending our youth programs (Dirt Crew and Root Crew) until at least May 4, 2020. We will continue to assess the need for a longer suspension.


The Food Project is committed to ensuring that people, particularly those most impacted by food insecurity, have access to safe, fresh food. Our farmers will continue to safely work on our farms as a healthy, thriving local food system is more critical now than ever. We have instituted new food and worker safety procedures, in accordance with the most up-to-date recommendations from the CDC and public health authorities. Our dedicated staff is hard at work developing contingency plans for farmers markets and CSA farm share distribution, in case COVID-19 restrictions remain in place during the summer months.

Serve & Grow Volunteer Program

The Food Project will not be hosting Serve & Grow volunteer groups until May 4, 2020.  Our staff will be in touch with all groups who are currently on our spring schedule. Please reach out to [email protected] with any questions.

The Big Shindig

The Food Project is postponing our annual signature fundraising event, The Big Shindig. The event was scheduled for May 7, 2020, and we are now planning to hold it in September, 2020. If you have any questions, please reach out to Jen James at: [email protected]