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THE AMHERST MOBILE MARKET NEEDS YOUR SUPPORT

We are a community driven, bilingual mobile farmers market bringing affordable, organic fresh produce to Amherst's food desert neighborhoods.

We are so grateful to our community for helping us reach our 2021 fundraising goal. We couldn't have done it without you! We are now onto fundraising for the 2022 season and we would be glad to receive your continued support.  

 
 
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OUR PURPOSE

The Amherst Mobile Market not only makes affordable produce available within walking distance of residents who struggle to access healthy food, but also puts decision-making in the hands of low-income, BIPOC community members and builds the capacity of those community members to take on leadership roles.

While the challenges around food access in Amherst are ever present for some, others may be unaware that nearly all of Amherst's census tracts are designated as "food deserts" by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, meaning that they contain high concentrations of residents who are both low-income and live more than a mile from the grocery store. Residents without vehicles, who constitute 11% of Amherst's population, often report that it can take up to two hours to get to and from the grocery store by bus, and that expensive cab rides are often required for the trip home to prevent groceries from spoiling. 

 

THE PROBLEM BY THE NUMBERS

97%

of Amherst residents live in a USDA designated food desert

1 IN 4

Amherst residents is low income and lives more than a mile from a supermarket

11%

of Amherst residents lack access to a vehicle

82%

is the difference in heart failure hospitalization rates between Black and White residents of Amherst

 

OUR SOLUTION BY THE NUMBERS

25+

Amherst residents representing food desert communities engaged in a multi-year planning process

14

Amherst residents from food desert communities were employed by the mobile market in 2020

$5

per week is the cost of a 6-item Amherst Mobile Market farmshare, which can be purchased with SNAP and reimbursed through HIP

12+

Amherst area farms sold their produce through the mobile market in 2020

5,000+

affordable, organic produce items sold in 2020

400+

individuals were served by the mobile market in its pilot year

91%

of 2020 survey respondents said the mobile market facilitated access to fresh, healthy food

71%

of 2020 mobile market customers had an annual household income of under $50,000

 

HELP US SPREAD OUR WINGS

Below is our video, "Amherst Mobile Market: Cultivating Change." The video illustrates what a difference the Amherst Mobile Market has made in the lives of Amherst community members. Please consider making a donation to help us continue cultivating change through the 2021 season and beyond.