United Way’s Mobile Market offers free fresh produce for working families
United Way of Greater New Bedford’s is bringing its Mobile Markets — which provide free, locally grown, fresh produce for low-income working families — to Wareham.
The markets began on July 20 at Wareham Middle School (located at 4 Viking Dr.), and the next market will be held July 27. In August, markets will be held Tuesday evenings on August 3, August 10, August 17, August 24 and August 31. Those in need can pick up produce from 5:30-7 p.m. or until all food is distributed. Markets are on a first come first served basis.
Mobile Markets will also be available at alternating locations in New Bedford. For the full schedule, visit www.unitedwayofgnb.org/mobile-market.
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.
The Mobile Markets are designed to remove the barriers that families often face when accessing fresh produce. The markets make free produce available after traditional work hours, so that 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, vice president of marketing and 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.”
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. BankFive and Southcoast Health 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.
To learn more about the Mobile Market, the Hunger Commission or United Way of Greater New Bedford, please visit unitedwayofgnb.org.