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Food For Free began in 1981 when a group of friends realized that local meal programs were struggling to put food on their tables. With borrowed trucks, these volunteers gathered fruit, vegetables, and bread-food that would have been thrown away-and delivered it to meal programs, pantries, and shelters. Over the next two years, this volunteer effort gained the support of established non-profits and local government. Food For Free was incorporated in 1983 and received 501(c)(3) status in 1985. Our Produce Rescue and Prepared Foods Rescue programs now serve 100+ food programs each year, including not only pantries, meals, and shelters, but also day care centers, after-school programs, clinics, and drop-in centers. In the last year, we have distributed over 1 million pounds of food. Our other programs, Home Delivery, The Transportation Partnership, and Field of Greens, complement our food rescue work by getting fresh healthy food to the people who need it. We believe that everyone in our community deserves year-round access to fresh, healthy foods.