United Way of Greater New Bedford’s Hunger Commission will operate the fourth annual Mobile Market this summer in the North and South Ends of New Bedford. The Mobile Market provides free, locally grown, fresh produce to low-income working families in Greater New Bedford. United Way’s Mobile Market is designed to avoid the barriers these families often face when accessing fresh produce. It’s free, open after work hours, and allows families to pick the types of fresh fruits, vegetables, eggs, and other produce they want. Last year, United Way’s Mobile Market distributed 12,000 pounds of fresh food, feeding 168 low-income, working families healthy, nutritious meals over the summer.
“Eating healthier is on the minds of everyone these days, but can be expensive and can be extremely hard to do while on a very fixed or limited income,” said Michelle N. Hantman, United Way President & CEO. “So many families we work with want to provide a healthier option to their children, but find themselves having to choose between buying healthier food and paying monthly bills. Mobile Market solves this dilemma and provides the healthy option at no cost.”
The fresh produce distributed is grown locally by Sharing the Harvest Community Farm at the Dartmouth YMCA and at Sampson’s Farm in Westport. The Mobile Market is made possible with the support of BankFive and Southcoast Health.
Produce is distributed on Tuesdays from 5:30-7pm (Wednesdays in the case of rain) on alternating weeks in the North and South End. The Mobile Market is located in the South End across the street from Dennison Memorial Community Center on July 17th, July 31st, Aug. 14th, Aug. 28th, Sept. 11th, and Sept. 25th and in the North End at BankFive located at 1724 Acushnet Ave on July 10th, July 24th, Aug. 7th, Aug. 21st, Sept. 4th, Sept 18th, and Oct. 2nd.
Qualifying families and individuals are invited to visit the Mobile Market every other week. Photo ID and proof of earned income are required. Families and individuals who do not qualify for Mobile Market are encourage to call 2-1-1 for information about local food pantries, many of which also provide fresh produce during the summer months.