United Way of Greater New Bedford’s Mobile Market is launching its fifth season on July 9th in New Bedford. Mobile Market provides free, locally grown, fresh produce to low-income working families in Greater New Bedford. This year, in addition to its 2 locations in New Bedford, Mobile Market is expanding to Wareham to serve more residents.
The Mobile Market’s primary focus is to remove the barriers that families often face when accessing fresh produce. By offering free produce after traditional work hours, families are given access to fruits, vegetables, eggs, and other produce they might not otherwise be able to obtain due to financial restraints or the hours traditional food pantries are open. Last year, United Way’s Mobile Market served 225 low-income, working families and individuals from July to October.
“Over the past 4 years, Mobile Market has provided a valuable service by providing healthier options to families and individuals in New Bedford,” said Michelle N. Hantman, President & CEO. “Now that the New Bedford Mobile Markets have steady followings and are running well, it’s time to expand our reach – this year we are thrilled to be able to expand to Wareham and make a larger impact in the
All markets are held from 5:30-7pm and will be available at each site every other week. Distribution begins Tuesdays in the North End of New Bedford at the BankFive located at 1724 Acushnet Ave. on July 9th, Tuesdays in Wareham at 24 Sandwich Road beginning July 16th, and Thursdays in the South End of New Bedford at BankFive located at 160 County St. beginning July 11th. For the full schedule, visit unitedwayofgnb.org/mobile-market.
The fresh produce distributed is grown locally by Sharing the Harvest Community Farm at the YMCA Southcoast Dartmouth. The Mobile Market New Bedford is sponsored by BankFive, whose employees also volunteer at many of the Mobile Markets throughout the season. Southcoast Health also supports the efforts by providing additional produce from their weekly farmers markets and by having its Mobile Health Van on site on select weeks for free health screenings.
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 in addition to bread, meat, and other food items.