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about us


we're bringing people together to create a just food system and to build healthy, sustainable and equitable communities in worcester, ma and beyond

Food insecurity in our community

Communities in Worcester County experience high rates of poverty and food insecurity, particularly in the city of Worcester, where the poverty rate (20%) is nearly twice that of the state (11%) and county (10%).

Inequities in healthy food access and community food security have been exacerbated and made more visible throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. REC seeks to address the disparities in food access seen in our communities.



of children in the Worcester communities REC serves live in a family unable to meet their basic needs for food



of Massachusetts residents are food insecure


Black and Latino/a/x Massachusetts families with children are experiencing food insecurity 


Our Core Programs


We support a network of over 70 community gardens and 600 gardeners across Worcester

Farmers Markets

We bring fresh, local produce to those who need it most through our Mobile and Standing Community Markets


We provide economic opportunity and personal / professional development to Worcester youth through urban agriculture


The REC does not, by policy or practice, discriminate against a person or group on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, gender identity and expression, marital or military status, or based on any individual’s status in any group or class protected by applicable federal, state, or local law.

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