BU Giving Extra Food Away To Families In Need During Holidays

Photo: James Rojas (WBZ)

BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — A Cambridge-based non-profit is teaming up with Boston University to make sure extra food does not go to waste during the holiday season.

Established in 1981, Food for Free gathers bulk food from supermarkets, universities, corporate dining halls, farms, wholesalers, and other sources and donates it to people in need.

Food for Free's Sam McDermott was on hand at Boston University Thursday, packing up items for delivery. With many students going home for the holidays, there is plenty of extra food that will not be needed on campus.

"It’s largely going to be perishables today," McDermott told WBZ NewsRadio. "Items that they may have procured additional of, and just as a result of winter break coming up, challenges in forecasting student attendance in the dining halls, there’s naturally going to be some left over at the end of the semester."

Lexie Raczka, BU Dining Services sustainability director, complimented McDermott's proficiency.

"You can tell he does this all the time," Raczka said. "It’s awesome how efficient Sam is packing everything up."

McDermott is the program manager for Food for Free's Heat-N-Eats program, which re-purposes prepared foods into single-serving meals for people with limited access to kitchens. Other programs include Field of Greens, a small farm in Lincoln, and Healthy Eats, which specifically brings fresh fruits, vegetables, pantry items, and protein directly to low-income Cambridge households.

WBZ's James Rojas (@JamesRojasNews) reports.

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