According to the Greater Boston Food Bank, 1 in 10 locals routinely don’t have enough to eat. In an effort to help address food inequality, Harvard began partnering with Food For Free, a Cambridge based nonprofit working to end chronic hunger by “recapturing fresh food that might otherwise be discarded” and ensuring that it finds its way to those who need it most.

Through the partnership, Harvard donates approximately 2,000 nutritious meals each week to families in need. To ensure that breakfast, lunch, and dinner are available for every undergraduate student, Harvard University Dining Services regularly purchases more food than is actually consumed. In the past, excess fresh food was composted. Instead, now the untouched, surplus food is donated to Food for Free, which delivers it to local families.

For the second year in a row, a group of riders from across Harvard will be participating in the annual Ride for Food on Sunday, Sept. 24. If you have an interest in joining their ride (either the 10, 25, or 50 mile course), or even just contributing to the cause, please contact Harvard University Dining Service’s Crista Martin at crista_martin@harvard.edu, or 617-496-6705. There is a $75 registration fee, and a request that you raise a minimum of $250 dollars in donations.

You can also donate directly to one of the Harvard or Food For Free riders by visiting HERE.  (Be sure to click the Food For Free team.)