FARM & COMMUNITY
ALLEVIATING FOOD INSECURITY & IMPROVING ACCESS TO LOCAL FARM FRESH PRODUCE FOR UNDERSERVED COMMUNITIES WITHIN SOUTHEASTERN, MASS
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 Southeastern, MA, particularly its USDA designated food desert communities, such as the Gateway cities of Brockton, Fall River, New Bedford, Taunton.
Although our programs primarily serve food insecure families, a secondary goal is to support our farm partner. Elliot Farm (Lakeville, MA) hosts our programs, which help them reach new markets, build their community and workforce, while feeding families in need.
WE NEED YOUR
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.