Similar to cities and towns throughout the country, many New Bedford residents live within designated food deserts, meaning there is no grocery store within a half mile radius. Because many residents don’t have cars, and live on very low incomes, it is our goal to improve existing systems to make fresh produce and other healthy items affordable and accessible to these individuals.
Currently, we are working with the New Bedford Board of Health to create a Farmers Market Policy to streamline the process for local vendors and farmers to sell their food at the New Bedford Farmers Market.
In the past, we increased food access throughout New Bedford through the expansion of the New Bedford Farmers Market and the creation of the Subsidized Farm Share Program and newly created Pop-Up Farm Stands (now under management by Coastal Foodshed).
Other past projects include: