Throughout the harvest season, produce from Gaining Ground’s farm goes to food pantries, meal programs, schools, nonprofits, and shelters in Greater Boston and Eastern Massachusetts. Our approach is local and sustainable—most of our produce is distributed within 20 miles of our farm and within 24 hours of harvest.
Some groups use our produce to prepare a free meal distributed to people who need it. Others give it away as part of providing free groceries to individuals and families experiencing food insecurity. Organizations we partner with include:
- Bedford Food Bank — provides free groceries to any local resident experiencing food insecurity.
- Bridge Boston Charter School — utilizes our produce in nutritious meals served daily to 339 economically and socially disadvantaged students.
- Community Teamwork — incorporates our produce into daily meals for preschool-aged children at four Head Start centers in Lowell and Dracut; also coordinates a free CSA-style produce distribution to 120 attending families during the summer.
- Daniel’s Table – distributes our produce as part of free meals in their Community Freezer Program and weekly food pantries, serving 600 households in Framingham.
- East Boston Community Soup Kitchen – distributes our produce weekly on Tuesdays in East Boston to 200 households.
- Eastie Farm – distributes our produce weekly on Thursdays in East Boston to 100 households.
- Food for Families—provides a free, weekly farmer’s market during the summer, coordinated through Concord and Carlisle’s Councils on Aging and Community Services.
- Healthy Waltham – distributes produce along with other groceries to some of the 650 visitors at bimonthly free food distributions in Waltham.
- House of Hope—offers a safe home and meals for 75 single mothers and their children in four sites in Lowell.
- La Colaborativa – supplies free, culturally-relevant groceries to 5,000 families each week in Chelsea and surrounding towns. The collaborative also promotes nutrition, culinary education and physical fitness through several new initiatives.
- Loaves and Fishes—provides food and temporary support services to residents of Ayer, Devens, Groton, Harvard, Littleton, and Shirley.
- Lowell Transitional Living Center—provides meals, emergency shelter, services, and housing to 180 people daily who are hungry, unhoused, or in need of support in the Lowell area.
- Open Table—offers food pantries twice per week in Maynard and free grocery deliveries throughout the Metrowest area to more than 250 guests each week.
- Sudbury Food Pantry—distributes our produce to 75 families weekly from Sudbury and over 50 other towns.
- UTEC – incorporates our produce into the Madd Love Meals program, addressing food insecurity and providing workforce development training for at-risk and underserved youth in Lowell.
- Westford Council on Aging—partners with a senior housing site in Westford to offer a free, CSA-style produce distribution supporting 45 residents.
- Women’s Lunch Place – incorporates produce into meals served or delivered to over 300 women each week who are experiencing homelessness and food insecurity.
There is currently a waiting list for organizations wishing to supply their guests with Gaining Ground’s fresh, organic produce. If you are interested in learning more about becoming a partner, please contact Operations Director, Allison Goodwin.