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Tufts Food Rescue Collaborative
Why food rescue?
Every year 40% of food grown for consumption in the United States goes to waste. At the same time, 41.2 million Americans live in food insecure households with women and children experiencing a disproportionate amount of the burden (ers.usda.gov, 2016). Unfortunately, for many people living in Medford and Somerville, food insecurity is not an abstract concept. Alongside affordable housing, access to affordable, healthy, and culturally appropriate food is among the central issues confronting our host community. University dining halls can serve not only as a platform to educate and engage students on the important issues of hunger and food waste, but can also create systematic changes to minimize food waste and repurpose surplus, prepared food that can be used to feed people in need.
What is Tufts doing about it?
In 2015, Food
for Free, a non-profit based in Cambridge that recovers food
from farms, stores and schools, in collaboration with Tufts
undergraduate students, local school counselors, district level
officials, and graduate students from the Friedman School of
Nutrition started the
Family Meals program, repackaging surplus, prepared
food to provide more than 400 meals every week for homeless families
living at the Day St. Hotel in Boston.
How can YOU help?
We are always looking for volunteers to:
If you are interested in volunteering in the dining centers or
have any questions about TFRC's work, please email
Volunteer Cohort of about 20 students run shifts in DeWick and
Carmichael every week — you can join anytime by
singing up on our site.
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