United Way of Greater New Bedford’s Hunger Commission is the only local program that coordinates food distribution to emergency food pantries and kitchens, working with 19 locations in Bristol and Plymouth Counties. Annually, the Hunger Commission distributes hundreds of thousands pounds of food – including fresh, locally grown produce – to local programs for those in need. A leading statewide advocate on hunger issues, we are responsible for managing Emergency Food and Shelter Program funding for Bristol County.


Our Hunger Commission also partners with a number of different organizations and companies each year to rescue food and deliver food to where it is most needed.

Since 1996, Sharing the Harvest Community Farm, a program of YMCA Southcoast, Dartmouth has been growing and donating fresh vegetables to the Hunger Commission. In 2018, the farm donated over 65,000 lbs of fresh produce to United Way’s Hunger Commission who delivered the fresh produce to local kitchens & shelters. In 2016, Sharing the Harvest expanded their reach by raising chickens to the farm to produce farm fresh eggs daily. The farm is always in need of volunteers, to learn more about how you can get involved, click here.

In 2016, Southcoast Health began partnering with United Way’s Hunger Commission to donate their left-over non-dairy soup. Since then, over 260 gallons of soup has been donated -this amount of soup served over 4,160 meals.

Sid Wainer & Sons has also been a supporter of United Way’s work with the Hunger Commission for many years. They provide a variety of product weekly ranging from cheese to fresh produce.

The Hunger Commission also receives food from Big Value Outlet, Copicut Farms, Stop & Shop, and Sweet and Salty Dairy.

Delivery Sites

Catholic Social Services
Citizens for Citizens (FR)
Damiens Family Pantry
Dartmouth Council on Aging
Department of Children & Families
Fairhaven Council on Aging
Harbour House
Harmony House
Home of Hope
MO Food = Life Pantry
Old Bedford Village
Sister Rose’s
Red Cross
Salvation Army (NB)
Salvation Army (FR)
St. Anthony’s Church
Vets Assoc. (FR)

Mobile Market

The Mobile Market was launched in 2015 to provide low-income working families with fresh produce. Volunteers serve hundreds of families from July – October with fresh produce donated by Sharing the Harvest Community Farm, Southcoast Health and Sid Wainer & Sons. Click here to see the 2019 dates for Mobile Market.

This year’s mobile Market is sponsored by:

Hunger Heroes

Hunger Heroes is a one-day Thanksgiving packaging event the whole family can get involved with. Volunteers gather to sort and package Thanksgiving meals for families in need in our community. The event takes place on Family Volunteer Day, the Saturday before Thanksgiving. Check out www.volunteersouthcoast.org in October to register to volunteer.