We increase the exposure of healthy, affordable, and accessible produce and food to the community
Mattapan Square Farmers Market
The market runs from July to October and typically sees 200-400 shoppers per week. It is not only a place to purchase healthy food, but also serves as a place to bring residents together and as a resource for health education and other social issues. The approach to our market is to ensure it’s accessibility to low income families and making sure food sold is culturally relevant. We do this through selecting farmers that are able to sell their produce at reasonable prices, encouraging and facilitating the use of SNAP and HIP benefits, outreaching to WIC recipients who receive WIC farmers' market coupons, and outreaching to elders who receive Senior Farmers Market coupons.
MFFC supports two community gardens - Woolson Street Community Garden + Kennedy Community Garden. Residents organize clean ups, plan harvest parties, art activities, and host gardening workshops. Residents are encouraged to sign up to own a garden plot and begin growing their own food. This allows them to make healthier choices for themselves and their families.
For children who don't participate in summer camps during the summer, spending time in the local library is an alternative. MFFC noticed that most of the children did not go home to eat. After being approached by Project Bread in 2017 about non traditional ways to serve meals to children who need it, MFFC now oversees two Summer Eats locations in Mattapan - the Mattapan Square Farmers Market + the Mattapan Branch Library. Throughout the summer 3,000+ meals are served. MFFC's Summer Eats program became a state wide model for all libraries + local farmers market as Project Bread works to solve hunger.