United Way of Greater New Bedford launches its Mobile Market Tuesday on July 11, meant to distribute free, fresh produce in neighborhoods in New Bedford and Wareham.

Food insecurity rates have been more severe since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic and have yet to recover. Through Mobile Markets, the United Way hopes to provide access to healthy and nutritious food for those who cannot afford it.

Running through mid-October, Mobile Markets will offer vegetables grown at Sharing the Harvest Community Farm at Dartmouth YMCA. Residents can choose from a variety of produce and also receive some expert advice on how to cook unfamiliar vegetables.

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The Mobile Market can be found at Wareham Middle School, 4 Viking Drive, every Tuesday through July from 5:30 to 7 p.m.

On Thursday, Mobile Markets will alternate between the north and south ends of New Bedford. This starts July 13, 5:30 to 7 p.m., in the parking lot of BankFive, 1724 Acushnet Ave., and will alternate locations with the Devalles School, 120 Katherine St. The schedule for the upcoming months will be released later this week.

Anyone who wants to participate can register here. Rain or shine, people can expect the market to be held every week but should check for updates on the website or Facebook page in the event of a change.

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