Circle Health and Mill City Grows are partnering to improve access to healthy foods this summer.
Mill City Grows is a Lowell based non-profit that creates and manages community gardens, urban farms, school garden programs, and hold educational programs. Their goal is to create a food secure community that promotes the ability to grow, consume, and distribute healthy, locally produced food on protected land.
At the 2017 Circle Health Ball for Community Initiatives, Mill City Grows was the recipient of a $52,000 grant through donations raised by fund-a-need drive. With these funds, Mill City Grows has committed to provide the city of Lowell with in-school gardens, nutrition education, and hosting farm and table cooking classes for children. The grant has also allowed them to commit to donating 3,000 pounds of food to emergency food programs, conduct outreach events targeting low-income residents, and distribute coupons for free or discounted vegetables at schools and events.
Another way Mill City Grows provides access to fresh-grown produce is their Mobile Market, its farm stand on wheels. The Mobile Market brings fresh produce directly from their Urban Farm to different neighborhoods in Lowell. This summer, the Mobile Market will be parked at Lowell General Hospital's main and Saints campuses each Thursday between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m.