MVFB’s Community Market is a free farmer’s market style food distribution serving the residents of three Lowell Housing Authority properties, and a property in Chelmsford. The program offers residents the opportunity to supplement their groceries by enjoying fresh produce and other food staples at no cost. Produce for the Market comes from several sources including donations from local farms and farmer’s markets and purchases from local farms and produce companies. MVFB staff work with vendors and farmers to offer ethnically appropriate produce selections based on the demographics of the specific housing property.
In addition to bountiful fresh produce, the market frequently offers bottled water, juice, and other items as available. The market operates in one location each Friday from June-November so that residents of each complex are able to attend once per month. Over the course of the Market season, households receive nearly 200 pounds of produce and other food staples, as well as information about the availability of programs like SNAP and HIP, and an opportunity to socialize with their neighbors.