Gather's Community Programs
Gather's Pantry Market offers ‘Open Shop’ and healthy options.
Staff and volunteers are always available to assist members with shopping needs, but customers have the freedom to shop for what they need and what they like. Gather strives to offer a variety of fresh produce and healthy food options. In addition to normal Pantry Market hours, Gather offers “Free Fridays”, which are open to all and do not count against a customer’s monthly Pantry Market visit. Please visit our Facebook page for announcements, updates, and hours.
Meals 4 Kids
Open to all school-age children eligible for free or reduced lunch in school, Meals 4 Kids is a community-based program that ensures Seacoast children are food secure 365 days a year.
Meals 4 Kids was designed to inspire children to enjoy healthy food and build the critical skills they need to access and prepare healthy food. Program components include:
Healthy Food: Each week, children receive healthy ingredients and recipes for 10 meals.
Accessibility: We offer 6 mobile locations, and a 3-question registration process.
Education & Skills: We engage kids with food demonstrations, kid-friendly recipes, and cooking and fitness challenges.
In 2017, more than 400 children participated in Meals 4 Kids each week. Meals 4 Kids participation rates are twice the national average for children’s hunger-relief programs, and we expect participation rates to grow as we continue to leverage strong community partnerships.
Meals 4 Kids is also delivering direct and long-lasting benefits, with children expanding the variety of foods they eat, making more nutritious choices, gaining self-sufficiency skills and learning how their food choices affect their health. For information about program dates, locations, and events, please visit our Meals 4 Kids Facebook page or contact Seneca Bernard.
Farm Shares 4 Families
This year, 20 local families will participate in Gather's 4th annual Farm Shares 4 Families (CSA) program.
Throughout the 18 to 21-week growing season, each family will receive a weekly share of fresh and nutritious fruits and vegetables from Wake Robin Farm in Stratham, NH. One share provides a family of four with incredibly fresh, and highly nutritious fruits and vegetables each week. Each family will also receive pantry staples and recipes to help maximize use of the CSA shares (e.g., olive oil, spices, beans, rice).
Farm Shares 4 Families is 100%-donor funded. If you are interested in sponsoring a farm share for a Gather family, or otherwise supporting this program, please contact Deb Anthony.
Meals 4 Seniors
Meals 4 Seniors is a home delivery program currently serving 40 Seacoast-area seniors.
Delivery offerings include healthy non-perishable items, fresh produce, meat, milk, eggs and cheese along with personal care items. Gather continues to expand this program to reach more Seacoast-area seniors. If you would like additional information about Meals 4 Seniors, please contact Seneca Bernard.