History

jlm_foodbank paintingThe Merrimack Valley Food Bank, Inc. (MVFB) has been transporting, storing and distributing food to disadvantaged members of the community since 1991. We were founded as a program of the Middlesex Shelter in Lowell, MA (now known as Lowell Transitional Living Center) in response to the increased need for emergency food in greater Lowell.

We have evolved and grown from serving 6 agencies in donated store front space and a rented truck to providing food from our own 20,000 square foot former mill building.

Through a network of donors, including food manufacturers, supermarkets, individuals and families, faith based, academic and business groups, farmers and gardeners, food is collected and brought to our warehouse at 735 Broadway Street in Lowell.

Our resources include dry storage on 3 levels, a refrigerated building with vertical racking storage system, 2 walk in frozen food storage rooms. We are able to pick up food from food companies, manufacturers, distributers and retailers with our 3 trucks – 2 with refrigerated and frozen capabilities.

The food is accessed by food pantries, shelters and meal programs, and it is then given to approximately 65000-70,000 individuals monthly.