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The Farm Is About Much More Than Growing Organic Vegetables, Fruits, and Herbs

The Farm Is About Much More Than Growing Organic Vegetables, Fruits, and Herbs

As any enthusiast of Sharing the Harvest will tell you, the farm is about much more than growing organic vegetables, fruits, and herbs.  Farmer Ashley Brister is a compassionate teacher who patiently guides staff and volunteers as they seed in the greenhouse, sow crops in the field, shape beds, enrich the soil, trellis, weed, prune, and harvest. In the 2022 growing season, Ashley’s work is expanding…

Walk to help hungry families May 1st

Walk to help hungry families May 1st

The Dartmouth YMCA’s Sharing the Harvest community farm is forming a team for Project Bread’s annual Walk for Hunger in South Dartmouth on Sunday, May 1.

Proceeds raised on the three-mile walk will benefit both Project Bread and Sharing the Harvest in their mission to reduce hunger and provide everyone with access to nutritious foods.

Stop & Shop bouquets to support Gleason Family YMCA

Stop & Shop bouquets to support Gleason Family YMCA

The Gleason Family YMCA will receive the donations from the Wareham Stop & Shop’s Bloomin’ 4 Good program during the month of February.

For every $10.99 Bloomin’ 4 Good bouquet sold at the store, $1 will be donated to the Y. The Y hosts community markets and other food programs. The Southcoast YMCA locations distributed one million pounds of food in 2021.

Food pantry opens in Marion to address unrecognized need

Food pantry opens in Marion to address unrecognized need

Six percent of the overall population falls under the federal poverty guidelines, according to April 2019 figures from the Institute for Community Health. Seven percent of seniors also fit in this category, Gregory said.

Beach-Loving Couple Married at Mattapoisett’s Shining Tides Estate

Beach-Loving Couple Married at Mattapoisett’s Shining Tides Estate

Since they started dating during college in 2013, the beach has been a key part of Danielle Canady and Joel Vastl’s love story. Danielle grew up in New Jersey, and for years, she would wake Joel up at the crack of dawn to watch the sunrise and walk along the Jersey Shore whenever they visited her parents’ house there. “Eventually, one of those walks, I had a ring with me,” says Joel, who popped the question on July 4, 2019.

Look Back at 2021

Look Back at 2021

The pandemic continued this year, with 2,187 Wareham residents testing positive for covid since this January. First responders were among the first to get vaccinated for the virus in January. In February, Southcoast Health opened a vaccine clinic at the Gleason Family YMCA which vaccinated more than 400 seniors during its first day of operations.

Fifteen Greater New Bedford Organizations to Receive a total of $160,000

Fifteen Greater New Bedford Organizations to Receive a total of $160,000

“Sharing the Harvest Community Farm relies almost entirely on volunteers to plant, harvest, and distribute our products, which helps close the nutrition gap in our communities,” stated Robyn Branco, Director of Mission Advancement, YMCA Southcoast. “Thanks to the support of the Crapo Fund, we can upgrade areas of our post-harvest workstation, so our Farm Director and volunteers can more efficiently clean and prepare fruits, vegetables, and eggs for distribution.”

Issues of Food Security Persist Past Pandemic

Issues of Food Security Persist Past Pandemic

Last year limits on gathering forced churches around the nation to rethink how they would deliver services and connect with their communities. At Smith Mills Congregation Church, a small church in Dartmouth off of Route 6, that meant shifting its focus to food relief.

Golf Tournament Benefits Gleason Family YMCA’s Full Plate Project

Golf Tournament Benefits Gleason Family YMCA’s Full Plate Project

Covanta SEMASS hosted its 19th Annual Charitable Golf Tournament on Friday, September 17 at the Cape Club in Falmouth with the Gleason Family YMCA, the nonprofit chosen to receive the full proceeds of the event. The $11,940 raised will help fund the Gleason Y’s Annual Campaign with a focus on their food insecurity work under the Full Plate Project.

YMCA Basketball League Designed to Foster ‘love of the game’

YMCA Basketball League Designed to Foster ‘love of the game’

For Lu Brito, players who are part of the Gleason Family YMCA’s basketball league have three main goals: 1. Have fun. 2. Try your hardest. 3. Learn the love of the game.

“Don’t worry about how many points you get, if the ball goes in or not,” said Brito, the YMCA’s senior program director. “Playing the right way, it’ll go in more often than not.”

Arts & Culture, Economic Opportunity, and Education Sectors Receive Financial Assistance to Address Vaccine Hesitancy and Maintain Operations Hard Hit by COVID Pandemic

Arts & Culture, Economic Opportunity, and Education Sectors Receive Financial Assistance to Address Vaccine Hesitancy and Maintain Operations Hard Hit by COVID Pandemic

NEW BEDFORD, MA – The SouthCoast Community Foundation announced today that 39 nonprofits throughout Southeastern Massachusetts will receive a total of $479,495 to address the impact of COVID-19 on their organizations, programming, and the communities they serve. The grant focuses on vaccine hesitancy and equity and operational needs for organizations from the arts & culture, economic opportunity, and education sectors.

Mobile Market Provides Free, Fresh Produce to the Southcoast

Mobile Market Provides Free, Fresh Produce to the Southcoast

The Mobile Market’s primary focus is to remove the barriers that families often face when accessing fresh produce. By offering free produce after traditional work hours, families are given access to fruits, vegetables, eggs, and other produce they might not otherwise be able to obtain due to financial restraints or the hours that traditional food pantries are open.

Dartmouth YMCA officials raise money for statewide Covid hunger relief

Dartmouth YMCA officials raise money for statewide Covid hunger relief

Earlier this month, members of from the Dartmouth YMCA’s Sharing the Harvest Community Farm were among the thousands of participants who took part in Project Bread’s 53rd annual Walk for Hunger.

For the virtual fundraiser, the group created a route through the Dartmouth Y’s community farm in an effort to help Project Bread get food to families during the ongoing pandemic.

Helping the Southcoast Thrive

Helping the Southcoast Thrive

With GBFB’s support, YMCA Southcoast plans to distribute 1 million pounds of nutritious food this year through The Full Plate Project, a new program launched to help meet the historic need caused by COVID-19.

In April 2020 alone, this resolute partner provided 60,000 pounds of food in Fall River, a community where 1 in every 5 people faces hunger.

Growing season underway at YMCA farm

Growing season underway at YMCA farm

As the state reopens and more residents get back to work, Dartmouth’s YMCA is working to combat food insecurity on the South Coast.

On April 20, the head of YMCA Southcoast and other officials from the nonprofit youth organization came out to the Dartmouth Y to announce a partnership with the Greater Boston Food Bank, kicking off the 2021 Full Plate Project to support families in need.

Family honored for volunteer work at Gleason Family YMCA

Family honored for volunteer work at Gleason Family YMCA

DARTMOUTH — Wareham resident Jacqueline Webb has always tried to instill a sense of social responsibility in her family.

When the pandemic hit, her family — like many around the country — fell on hard times, but they didn’t let that get in the way of their dedication to service.

To get by, they utilized a number of programs offered at the Gleason Family YMCA.

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