Food insecurity—defined as a lack of consistent access to enough food for an active, healthy life—is an urgent problem.
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During the COVID-19 pandemic, rates of food insecurity increased here in New England and across the country. Communities of color are disproportionately affected.
Community resources for people experiencing food insecurity
Call 2-1-1 to talk with someone who can provide answers and information about food pantries and other local resources—or reach out to one of the regional food banks listed below.
- Connecticut Foodshare, Wallingford, Conn.
- Good Shepherd Food Bank, Auburn, Maine
- Greater Boston Food Bank, Eastern Mass.
- Worcester County Food Bank, Central Mass.
- The Food Bank of Western Massachusetts
- Merrimack Valley Food Bank, Northeastern Mass.
- Project Bread FoodSource Hotline
- Assists callers in 180 languages; offers information about local pantries in Massachusetts plus state and federal resources.
- New Hampshire Food Bank, Manchester, N.H.
- Rhode Island Community Food Bank, Providence, R.I.
Reports on nutrition and local initiatives
Lessons From the field: Bringing a mobile farmers' market to your community
“Lessons from the Field: Bringing a Mobile Farmers’ Market to Your Community,” highlights the seven steps to running a mobile market and shares lessons learned from mobile market operators in New England. Check out The University at Buffalo’s Veggie Van Mobile Market Toolkit to learn more.