Food Hub

Our partner, Proactive Philanthropy, a non-profit based in New Bedford, MA, is interested in using their 2 Million square feet of former warehouse space for social good and impactful innovation space. In partnership with Proactive Philanthropy, Adaptiv hosted a Boston Architectural College (BAC’s) Gateway initiative in the spring and fall of 2020 challenging students to document the space and explore how it can be used to promote equity, social justice, and innovation.


    Proactive Philanthropy


    New Bedford, MA


    December 2020

  • TYPE

    Civic/Social, industrial


    Research, Architecture


    Student Team: Arran French, Carlota Muzzo, Emilio Silva, Franchesca Zegarra, Gillian Kazzaz, Ivanna Muzzo, Jefferson Jeune, Nia Gwaltney, Noura Badraig, Rebecca Dejenie, Salma Nour

Project Success Factors

Food Insecurity

During the COVID-19 Pandemic, food insecurity in Massachusetts has become an amplified issue. According to Feeding America, one in 8 people in Eastern Massachusetts experienced food insecurity in 2020 as a result of the impact of COVID-19. With this pressing issue at the forefront of need, the students researched the systemic issues of food insecurity and food justice.


Their research included analysis of harvesting, supply chain, distribution, waste, and consumption. The team studied precedent projects related and engagement of key stakeholders of organizations involved in the Greater Boston area’s fight against food insecurity, to help develop prototypical options for a Food Hub in New Bedford, MA.


Integrate Community
Provide Access
Respect Context
Enhanced Response Capacity
Address Vulnerability

UN Sustainable Development Goals

GOAL 2 – Zero Hunger
GOAL 3 – Good Health & Well being
GOAL 10 – Reduced Inequalities
GOAL 11 – Sustainable Cities & Communities