The Hunger Commission provides food and logistical support free of charge to programs that support families and individuals in need. Program partners include established pantries, shelters, soup kitchens, and Council on Aging centers.
We also increase the availability of a variety of healthy, fresh foods to vulnerable populations by distributing food grown at Sharing the Harvest Community Farm – a program of YMCA Southcoast, Dartmouth.
Annually, the Hunger Commission distributes hundreds of thousands of pounds of food, and in 2020 due to the increased need and increased support for the program, the Hunger Commission distributed over 1.3 million pounds of food across the region.
The Hunger Commission has expanded its work in the last decade by leading initiatives to increase the access to food.
The Mobile Market was launched in 2015 to provide low-income, working families with free, fresh produce. Since its’ launch, Mobile Market has served over 1,000 families. The market is nearly all-volunteer run from July through October. The produce distributed is donated primarily by Sharing the Harvest Community Farm, a program of YMCA Southcoast, Dartmouth.
This past summer, Mobile Market distributed produce in New Bedford and Wareham. BankFive & Southcoast Health not only sponsored Mobile Markets, but also volunteered to help with distribution each week.
On National Family Volunteer Day, held the Saturday before Thanksgiving, volunteers gather to package 1,000 Thanksgiving meals for families in need through the Hunger Heroes Project. Packaged meals are distributed through by the Hunger Commission to local partners in Greater New Bedford.
Due to the increased need and a growing interest from volunteers, the Hunger Commission launched Hunger Heroes: Spring Edition. The Spring Edition focuses on hunger related to children in Greater New Bedford, specifically over the spring break from school. Packaged meals consist of kid-friendly food and snacks and are delivered to school departments in our service area.
Hunger Hero events are built to provide families with food, while promoting family volunteerism and engaging the community as a whole.
Ways to Get Involved
Volunteer at Hunger Heroes, Mobile Market, or with Sharing the Harvest Community Farm. Visit www.volunteersouthcoast.org to find volunteer opportunities.
Donate to the United Way’s Hunger Commission to further our work by clicking here.
Host a food drive at your business or with your friends & family - call 508-994-9625 ext. 210
Donate food that your company or business isn’t able to use. Contact Victoria at 508-994-9625 ext. 210 or firstname.lastname@example.org to talk more about how your company can support our work.
- Blount Fine Foods
- Copicut Farms
- FiveWay Foods
- Sharing the Harvest Community Farm, a program of YMCA Southcoast, Dartmouth
- Sid Wainer & Son
- Southcoast Health
- Stop & Shop
Catholic Social Services
Citizens for Citizens (FR)
Damien’s Family Pantry
Dartmouth Council on Aging
Department of Children & Families
Fairhaven Council on Aging
Fall River Housing Authority
Greater Fall River Food Pantry
House of Hope
My Brother's Keeper
MO Food = Life Pantry
New Life South Coast
Sister Rose’s House
Salvation Army (NB)
Salvation Army (FR)
St. Anthony’s Church
Vets Association (FR)
Westport Food Pantry