Drumlin Farm, Cambridge Nonprofit Provide Fresh Food to Families In Need
Michael P. O'Connor
LINCOLN, MA.—Mass Audubon’s Drumlin Farm Wildlife Sanctuary, through its Drumlin Farm Food Donation Project, is partnering with Food For Free of Cambridge to provide fresh vegetables and eggs to Cambridge families in need.
Each week, the popular Lincoln wildlife sanctuary and working farm delivers some of its sustainably grown bounty to Cambridge, where Food For Free distributes it to those facing food insecurity, a crisis made more dire because of the coronavirus.
Drumlin Farm been providing healthy produce to the Cambridge Public School system cafeterias for school lunches since 2017. With school districts shut down statewide, and most of its client restaurants also on pause, the sanctuary was determined to keep growing food on its sustainably-managed crop fields.
It was also committed to ensuring that under-served communities would be a priority.
Sanctuary Director Renata Pomponi said this collaboration also offers a great opportunity in a time of stress and uncertainty for businesses and individuals to contribute meaningfully to the moral principle that people should have enough to eat.
“It’s inspiring to work with Food For Free and other local hunger relief partners on such a worthy project, especially in this time of COVID-19, and generous donors are already stepping up,” Pomponi said.
“People are seeing this as a way to do some real good in their communities, getting healthy food to those who really need it while helping to support local farming in the process," she noted.
Mass Audubon is the largest nature-based conservation organization in New England. Founded in 1896 by two women who fought for the protection of birds, Mass Audubon carries on their legacy by focusing on the greatest challenges facing the environment today: the loss of biodiversity, inequitable access to nature, and climate change. With the help of our 160,000 members and supporters, we protect wildlife, conserve and restore resilient land, advocate for impactful environmental policies, offer nationally recognized education programs for adults and children, and provide endless opportunities to experience the outdoors at our wildlife sanctuaries. Explore, find inspiration, and take action at www.massaudubon.org.