Brookline Food Rescue is not funded by government grants. We are supported by our partner agencies. It is our policy not to charge anything for the food we distribute, but we solicit voluntary donations to cover the unavoidable costs of transportation, such as van rental, insurance, gasoline, etc. We can always use more help meeting expenses. We accept cash, of course, at our sites, but we also accept personal checks mailed to our home/office at 100 Centre Street, #315, Brookline, MA, 02446. Our official IRS name is Lynn City Mission, Inc., but if it is not going to be used as an itemized deduction, either of our DBAs, Brookline Food Coop or Brookline Food Rescue, are also valid.
We do not require proof of need, nor do we refuse service to anyone who cannot afford to make a contribution. We do not limit the number of bags or the number of visits per month. Since Covid, our expenses have roughly doubled as we have to travel farther in larger vehicles to collect and distribute donations to food pantries, as well as Covid+ individuals who are housebound. Consequently, we can always use help from outside sources.
We are also setting up to receive online contributions through PayPal and Venmo. The QR code is shown below, for those who prefer this method. Online contributions are in beta-test status. Contributions through these channels go directly into the linked non-profit bank account. As we are an IRS registered 501c3 public charity, all donations are tax deductible.