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In the Community

HUDS has a strong tradition of community service, with a special focus on hunger relief efforts in the Cambridge area. We partner with Food for Free to collect and donate leftover food (cooked but not salvageable food from dining hall meals and catered events). Food for Free redistributes this fresh, healthy food – everything from salad bar leftovers to hot entrees and sides –  to more than 100 food programs.

We also provide significant to the student-run Harvard Square Homeless Shelter and the Y2Y Shelter.


Harvard Team: Ride for Food

For the past two years, members of the Harvard community have participated in the Ride for Food, fundraising on behalf of Food for Free. Collectively, the Harvard team raised more than $10,000 for Food for Free. We're hitting the road once again, on September 23, 2018 and we’re eager to grow our Harvard team with some new avid bikers/foodies on the squad! Here’s the scoop:

Cyclists: Ride and raise money for Harvard's food donation partner, Food For Free! The next Ride for Hunger takes place on Sunday, September 23, 2018. Your commitment: a $75 registration fee, and a request that you raise a minimum of $300 dollars in donations (but we aim for $1,000 per person). The ride: Pick the 10- 25- or 50-mile course. It's an incredibly fun, community day (with snacks and music at the finish line, too!).  Extensive details about the ride can be found here:

Even if cycling isn't your thing, there are still ways to participate:

·        Spin for Food: Join the team under a special, discounted “spinning” registration fee of $25. Attend the event and do a 45 minute spinning session on a stationary bike at the Ride. Shoes will be provided.

·        Be a Virtual Rider: Virtual riders commit to raising at least $300, but do not need to be present for the Ride. Use promo code "VIRTUALRIDER18" to waive the registration fee. 

·        Can't commit to fundraise this year? Consider donating and sharing our team page to help us reach Food for Free’s $45,000 fundraising goal!

Interested or willing to join the team?  Contact to learn more, or register for the Harvard: a Food for Free Team at

Anyone riding for Team Harvard will be equipped with a Harvard shirt!