Student Food Rescue (SFR)

What’s SFR? It’s a food salvage program that picks up donated food from bakeries, restaurants, and grocery stores and drops it off at recipient sites around the Greater Boston Area. Whether you are a returning SFR volunteer or a new volunteer who’s just interested in trying out a food run, YOU should sign up!
Student Food Rescue (SFR) was founded by a group of BU student volunteers in the spring of 1988, and has since become an integral part of the CSC. Volunteers collect nearly 150,000 pounds of food annually from Boston restaurants, supermarkets, bakeries, grocery surplus facilities and coffee shops.

SFR organizes 27 weekly food runs, which salvage food from donor sites and deliver it to area pantries and shelters. Volunteers have the satisfaction of seeing the direct impact of their work as they rescue and donate food. SFR also organizes other one-time opportunities and events throughout the year, specifically during Hunger Awareness Week in the fall.

Time commitment for food runs is 1-2 hours per week for an entire semester. Food runs are at various times throughout the day, Monday-Friday. No previous experience is required.

SFR rescues food from locations including Whole Foods and Starbucks and brings it to locations including Boston Rescue Mission, Safe Haven for Women and the New England Shelter for Homeless veterans.

All SFR runs use one of the CSC’s 12-passenger vans or a mini-van. Volunteers interested in driving are trained and certified at the beginning of each semester. Volunteers not interested in driving are still encouraged to be part of the program, as each run is made up of at least 2 people.

Temporary food runs begin during the first week of each semester so that volunteers can test out the food run experience. Permanent food runs begin the second week of each semester.

Click here to sign up for SPRING SEMESTER FOOD RUNS!

Love Vans? Hate Hunger? Then apply to become an SFR Transportation Chair! This leadership position is a year-long commitment of 3-5 hours per week in which you will help van train volunteers and manage the up-keep of the vans. Check-out the application more details! Application is due 4/23 by 5pm.


Izzi Fathy picking up some fresh produce for SFR!

For more information, contact Program Managers Nicole St. Louis and Colin O’Neill at