The Food for Free Program Allows Parents to Shop for Healthy Food

By: Katherine Pendrill - Apr 7, 2016
References: & fastcoexist
An elementary school in Cambridge, Massachusetts, recently launched a program called 'Food for Free' that helps ensure low-income families have access to healthy food. While food banks do provide free food to those in need, some low-income families cannot or will not use these services for a variety of different reasons. This initiative brings the food directly to families in need to provide an alternative to food banks.

The Food for Free program is free event held at elementary schools in Cambridge. The program originally grew out of an initiative that involved teachers placing healthy snacks in the backpacks of children in need. Now the program allows parents to take part in the process by allowing them to come in and select healthy food to cook with. Not only does the program ensure that hungry families have access to free food, but it also serves as a social event that brings local families together.

By reducing the stigma associated with free donations, the program provides a better way to make sure fewer low-income families go hungry.