HISTORY: Coastal Foodshed grew out of the work of Mass in Motion New Bedford (MiM NB). Due to operational and funding restrictions under MiM NB, we created Coastal Foodshed as a way to sustain and expand existing programs, as well as develop new programs that meet the needs of the community. In 2019, Coastal Foodshed attained 501c3 status.
VISION: Our vision is for the greater New Bedford region to be known for innovative approaches to food access and food justice where residents are engaged in creating a food secure community, and farmers are able to thrive in a local food economy that promotes the ability to grow, consume, and distribute healthy, locally produced foods.
MISSION: Our mission is to foster food justice and strengthen food security by creating sustainable and reliable access points and infrastructure that allow growers to sell, and consumers to buy, healthy, affordable, local foods.
While there are a number of organizations working within the local food system, our region still lacks sufficient access points where consumers can directly purchase local food – particularly within low-income neighborhoods. Farmers also lack aggregation, distribution, and processing infrastructure that will allow them to increase their revenue and feed even greater numbers of people. Coastal Foodshed aims to fill these gaps, connecting consumers and producers.
ABOUT COASTAL FOODSHED
Stephanie Perks & Kim Ferreira
Co-Founders Stephanie and Kim are both Registered Dietitians, and have a combined 16 years working in food access in a number of settings. Most recently, through Mass in Motion New Bedford, Stephanie and Kim played key roles in assuming management of the New Bedford Farmers Market, making it SNAP-accessible, increasing the number and diversity of vendors, and re-branding the market to ultimately double sales within the first year. They have continued to increase food access within New Bedford by creating the Subsidized Farm Share Program and setting up the city’s first pop-up farm stand. Kim has also been a board member for SEMAP since 2014, and Stephanie has been Coordinator of the Southeastern Mass Food Security Network since 2014.
HOW YOU CAN HELP US THRIVE
New Bedford Farmers Markets
The New Bedford Farmers Market provides New Bedford’s diverse residents with access to local produce and foods, and it provides local farmers with a direct connection to customers. Our markets serve as a community gathering space where farmers and local food producers can connect with the community- we are a big market family!
Nearly 30% of people in New Bedford, including seniors, children, single mothers, working individuals and parents rely on SNAP benefits to feed themselves and their family. Part of our missions is to provide local food to all people, which is why we accept many different forms on payment- EBT/SNAP/HIP, Debit/Credit, Cash, WIC/Senior Coupons. By supporting the New Bedford Farmers Market, you are also ensuring SNAP recipients can access the state’s new Healthy Incentives Programwhich lets them earn more SNAP dollars when they purchase produce from local farmers at the farmers market.
Sponsor the New Bedford Farmers Market
Interested in sponsoring our markets? Read our 2018 Farmers Market Sponsorship Tiers and learn the different benefits of becoming a sponsor.
Coastal Foodshed’s programs grew out of the work of Mass in Motion New Bedford, and our team is currently transitioning to a new home! Below is a list of items that we are seeking to acquire to support our operations and programs. This list is updated often and if you have any questions about specific details, please do not hesitate to contact us! Thanks for supporting Coastal Foodshed!
-Small Office Printers and ink
-Paper, general office supplies
-EZ Pop-up Tents
-Trailer/vehicle (used for Mobile Farmers Market)
-Graphic designers (logo design, marketing materials, web design)
If you are interested in donating any of these items or services, please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org