United Way of Greater New Bedford’s Mobile Market is launching its seventh season this month – providing free, locally grown, fresh produce for low-income working families in Greater New Bedford.
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.
“Mobile Market has been a great resource in our community since it began, providing so many with valuable, healthy produce they may not be able to get otherwise” said Victoria Grasela, VP of Marketing & Community Engagement. “We’re not only feeding those in need, but also providing access to healthier options to improve the overall health and wellness of residents we serve.”
Markets will begin on July 20th in Wareham and July 22nd in New Bedford. Those in need can get produce from 5:30-7pm or until all food is distributed. Markets are on a first come first served basis. Markets will be at Wareham Middle School located at 4 Viking Drive on Tuesday evenings and will alternate between BankFive locations the north end (1724 Acushnet Ave.) and south end (160 County St.) of New Bedford on Thursday nights. 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. Mobile Market New Bedford is sponsored by BankFive and Mobile Market Wareham is sponsored by Southcoast Health – both of whose employees also volunteer at many of the Mobile Markets throughout the season. Additionally, Southcoast Health will have its Mobile Health Van on sites in August and September to provide COVID-19 vaccines to those who still need them.
Qualifying families and individuals are invited to visit the Mobile Market every other week. Pre-registration is encouraged electronically in order to cut down on wait times and reduce the spread of germs, however, registration may also be done on site. Pre-registration does NOT guarantee produce, we serve on a first come, first served basis. Anyone not vaccinated is required to wear a mask.
Families and individuals who are able to visit a food pantry during traditional hours are encouraged to do so – pantries distribute fresh produce from Sharing the Harvest in addition to bread, meat, dairy, and other food items.
To learn more about the Mobile Market, the Hunger Commission or United Way of Greater New Bedford, click here.