Student Food Rescue

About Us

Student Food Rescue, or SFR, is one of the largest student-run food salvage programs in the country.  Volunteers pick up donated food from local farmers markets, bakeries, restaurants, and grocery stores and drop it off at over 20 recipient sites around the Greater Boston Area. SFR also organizes other one-time opportunities and events throughout the year, including Hunger Awareness Week in the fall. Whether you are a returning SFR volunteer or a new volunteer who’s just interested in trying out a food run, you are guaranteed to have a fun time meeting new BU volunteers, exploring Boston, and giving back when you sign up for one of our 27 food runs this year!

Our History

Student Food Rescue 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 over 5,000 pounds of food a week from Boston restaurants, supermarkets, bakeries, grocery surplus facilities and coffee shops.  For the year of 2014, we are expecting to donate over 200,000 pounds of food, but we need your help!

How to Get Involved

Become a Transportation Chair!
Looking for a higher level of leadership within SFR? Apply to be a transportation chair! We are currently accepting applications for the position, which involves working closely with the two Program Managers in an effort to facilitate the program. Read more about the position and fill out an application today: SFR Transportation Chair Application

Please e-mail completed application to 

Food Runs
The time commitment for a food run is 1-3 hours per week. Food runs take place 7 days a week in convenient morning, afternoon, and evening time slots.

Please check back here in late December for the Spring 2015 application!

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at


Izzi Fathy picking up some fresh produce for SFR!

For more information, contact Program Managers Becky Brown and Nicole St. Louis at