New Bedford was one of the hardest-hit cities in Eastern Massachusetts from the economic fallout of COVID-19. The unemployment rate in New Bedford went from 4.9 percent in April 2019, to 24.4 percent in April 2020.
It’s estimated that 22 percent of people in New Bedford are food-insecure, meaning they don’t always know where their next meal is coming from. The Greater Boston Food Bank (GBFB) immediately increased our capacity to serve people in need as the demand for food assistance has dramatically grown since the pandemic begun.
Even before the pandemic, GBFB had identified New Bedford as one of the communities of highest need in our area, and was working with our hunger-relief partners on the ground to distribute as much healthy food as possible.
In the last 12 months we’ve distributed over 3 million pounds of food to our 20 partner agencies in New Bedford, the equivalent of more than 2.5 million meals. All together, those agencies served an average of more than 12,000 people per month.
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