Cambridge City
MA

City Manager's Agenda Item
CMA 2020 #99
ORDER ADOPTED
May 18, 2020 5:30 PM

Transmitting Communication from Louis A. DePasquale, City Manager, relative to the appropriation of $150,000 from Free Cash to the General Fund Human Service Programs Other Ordinary Maintenance account to support the continued operation of Food for Free services during the COVID-19 crisis.

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Department:City Manager's Office, LADSponsors:
Category:Appropriation

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I am hereby requesting the appropriation of $150,000 from Free Cash to the General Fund Human Service Programs Other Ordinary Maintenance account to support the continued operation of Food for Free services during the COVID-19 crisis.

Funds will be used to support the operations of Food for Free for 15 weeks, beginning March 16, 2020 and through June 30, 2020. This includes supporting Food for Free’s efforts to secure additional truck rental and cover additional staffing costs that were needed to effectively manage the large volunteer workforce that supports the home deliveries which began in March. As a result of these efforts, home deliveries grew to over 2,000 weekly deliveries to Cambridge residents.

Food for Free is currently working with CEOC and the City to transition those households that have the ability to utilize the food pantries back to those pantries. They will be transitioning the remaining households to a more permanent home delivery system. 

This appropriation will cover a portion of Food For Free’s costs.   Food for Free has been effectively fundraising to cover the remaining costs. 

Meeting History

May 18, 2020 5:30 PM Video City Council Regular Meeting
draft Draft
RESULT:ORDER ADOPTED [8 TO 0]
YEAS:Dennis J. Carlone, Patricia Nolan, Jivan Sobrinho-Wheeler, Marc C. McGovern, Sumbul Siddiqui, E. Denise Simmons, Timothy J. Toomey, Quinton Zondervan