PGK (Project Giving Kids) is now Create the Change®!

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Use the tool below to filter and search for kid-approved service opportunities!
Disclaimer - Create the Change® partners with nonprofit organizations that we believe offer age-appropriate service opportunities for youth and families. All of our partners sign a collaboration agreement promising to provide age-appropriate activities in a safe environment. Create the Change® does not run, host, or facilitate the service opportunities seen here, nor are we responsible in any way for the management (financial or otherwise) of the organizations we feature. Always be sure to research the nonprofit organization and service opportunities available to make sure it's a good fit for you before getting started. You may find the organization's contact information on their profiles.

Duration

1 - 2 hrs

Directions

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How Often Is This Offered?

Daily

Age Range

  • 3rd - 5th
  • 6th - 8th
  • High School

Help Required

Adult

Description

Tell a Food Establishment to Donate Food to Us Food For Free can accept food donations from licensed food service establishments. We cannot accept individual donations. 

What's Needed To Complete

Special Requirements

We accept any non-plated food that has been handled in accordance with standard food-safety regulations”this can include grocery items, produce, wrapped sandwiches, salads, or prepared food that has been safely brought down to temperature (40 degrees or below). Please do not donate food that you would not be willing to serve to your clients.

How It Makes A Difference

500,000 people in Eastern Massachusetts struggle with food insecurity. That™s 1 in 9 members of our community. And yet every day, businesses in Massachusetts throw away thousands of pounds of healthy, edible food. By donating your excess food, you are helping the environment and ensuring that more people have access to healthy food. Additionally, donating your excess food rather than sending it to compost or landfill can save you waste-hauling costs and you may be eligible for tax incentives. 

Where to Serve

In-Person/On Site

Instructions

Know of a food service that doesn't donate their leftover food? Contact them and let them know we make food donation easy. Reach out to a food service or while at a restaurant, ask if they donate their food.  Let them know about Food for Free and how easy we make it for them to donate their food. Our Operations Director will work with them to establish a convenient schedule for pick-up of your excess food based on the amounts available, your storage capacity, and our vehicle availability. Excess food should be stored in a safe manner. When our drivers arrive, they will place that food in boxes provided by Food For Free and transport them in refrigerated trucks to our own cooler and freezer storage or directly to one of our recipient agencies.We track all donations, both in and out, for safe record keeping and by request can provide you with how much food your organization has donated by weight. The Harvard Food Law and Policy Clinic offers this a style="font-family: georgia, palatino, serif; font-size: 12pt;" href="http://www.recyclingworksma.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/Legal_Fact_Sheet_-_MA_Donation_Tax_Incentives-FINAL_RWF.pdf" target="_blank" rel="noopenerfact sheet with further information. For more information, please contact Ben Engle, Operations Director: (857) 529-7762, mailto:operations@foodforfree.orgoperations@foodforfree.org.

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