WESTPORT — Local efforts to fight food insecurity in Westport take root for a new season next week at the Westport Farmers Market.

Beginning with the June 9 market session, “Grow-a-Row Westport” will collect donations of fresh produce weekly at the market’s information booth. The farmers market takes place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursdays, through Nov. 9, at the 50 Imperial Ave. parking lot.

The donations, which local gardeners can deposit in Grow-a-Row’s cooler during market hours, are then delivered by Food Rescue U.S./Fairfield County to the Westport Housing Authority. Last season, donated produce was shared among 221 resident households, including seniors and children, at WHA complexes, with priority given to the most food-insecure, according to a press statement.

“WFM promotes the value of nutritious food and the value of strengthening our community through every effort possible,” Lori Cochran-Dougall, the farmers market executive director, said in the statement.

“Grow-a-Row has proven to be one example of outreach programming that has positive impact from start to finish,” she said.

“Fresh vegetables are considered a luxury for many of the residents,” said Amanda Sayegh, the WHA’s director of programs and resident services, expressing gratitude for the food donations.