Due to the pandemic, the Go Fresh Mobile Farmer’s Market transitioned this season to an Emergency Food Distribution program. For more infromation, contact Samantha Hamilton at Shamilton@publichealthwm.org.
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During the COVID-19 pandemic, the Go Fresh Mobile Farmers Market project pivoted to providing free boxes of fresh produce to older adults at housing and senior-centers, as well as patients and families identified by healthcare and social service partners.
By the end of the 27-week project, there were 19 site locations serving older adults and families in Springfield. Go Fresh distributed over 5000 boxes of fresh produce, 300 social isolation care packages, 900 sets of PPE, and much more!
YMCA of Greater Springfield oversees all of the day to day operations with coordination and support from the Public Health Institute of Western. Go Fresh stops are located at public and senior housing, libraries, faith community, and health centers. Our Advisory Committee includes representatives from Gardening the Community, Springfield Health and Human Services, Mosque 13, Caring Health Center, and Baystate Health. We partner with U Mass Extension Nutrition Education to provide food demonstrations throughout the season.
The farms that grow produce for the market include Gardening the Community in Springfield, Next Barn Over in Hadley, and Mountain View Farm in Easthampton.
A special thank you to the following sponsors for their 2019 contributions to the market: STCC Foundation, Trinity Health of New England/Mercy Medical Center, PeoplesBank, Health New England, Davis Foundation, Baystate Health, Boston Medical Center HealthNet Plan, Beacon Communities, and the Springfield Housing Authority and Way Finders.
Increase your SNAP benefits with the Healthy Incentive Program
Go Fresh is one of only four Springfield locations for residents to participate in the Healthy Incentive Program (HIP), which allows individuals who are eligible for SNAP benefits to increase the amount of fruits and vegetables that they can purchase. Learn how the HIP program works
Sponsor the Go Fresh Mobile Market!
We depend on the generous donations of our sponsors to bring fresh, local produce to Springfield’s neighborhoods. Download the sponsorship form or contact Shirley Rodriguez at firstname.lastname@example.org to donate.
Go Fresh Mobile Farmer’s Market (GFMM) Committee
- YMCA of Greater Springfield (Market Management)
- Public Health Institute of Western Massachusetts (Convening/Overall Coordination)
- Gardening the Community (Partner)
- Baystate Health
- Caring Health Center, Inc.
- City of Springfield Health and Human Services/ Mass in Motion
- Mosque 13
- Springfield Housing Authority