Founded in 2018, Farm & Community Collaborative, Inc. (“F&CC”) is a 501 (C)(3) nonprofit organization that alleviates food insecurity by improving access to local farm fresh produce for underserved populations within the Gateway cities of Brockton, Fall River, New Bedford, Taunton, and surrounding communities.
F&CC primarily serves disadvantaged populations within the Gateway cities of Brockton, Fall River, New Bedford, Taunton, and surrounding communities. Massachusetts Gateway cities, as defined by the Massachusetts Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development, are "midsize urban centers that anchor regional economies around the state, [facing] stubborn social and economic challenges, [while] retaining many assets with unrealized potential."
Although our programs are primarily intended to serve disadvantaged Gateway city individuals and families, a secondary goal is to support our farm partners. Elliot Farm (Lakeville) and Colchester Farm (Plympton) host our programs, which help them reach new markets, build their community and workforce, while feeding families in need.
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According to the 2016 Household Food Insecurity Report, 10.3% of Massachusetts households—approximately 726,000 adults and children—are food insecure. Accessing farm fresh produce is a challenge for many families, particularly those living in low income neighborhoods, communities of color, and urban areas. Finding quality fresh food means either traveling significant distances or paying exorbitant prices. Given the aforementioned barriers, these communities face the highest risks of obesity, diabetes, and other preventable food-related health challenges.
Healthy food access is critical to improving health outcomes. Produce provides a powerful opportunity to solve hunger. Fresh fruits and vegetables are essential to any balanced diet — and getting more to people in need can help them move beyond food insecurity into stronger, healthier lives.
GIVE THE GIFT OF HEALTH.
Provides 25 pounds of farm fresh produce to Gateway city food banks.
Supports a farm service learning event for local underserved youth.
Provides 100 pounds of farm fresh produce to Gateway city food banks.
Supports seasonal farm employment for a local youth or veteran.