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With the help of volunteers, Berkshire Bounty has collected and donated

266,272 pounds

of nutritious food, including: fruits, vegetables, meat, fish and dairy during 2021, and

272,172 pounds
in 2020
129,685 pounds
in 2019
33,048 pounds
in 2018
8,296 pounds
in 2017

Thank you to all!





During the coronavirus pandemic, the number of people suffering from food insecurity has materially increased due to school closings, job layoffs and compensation reductions. Berkshire Bounty is using donations to purchase nutritious food for delivery to those in need. Please donate what you can. THANK YOU, and STAY SAFE!

July 1, 2021

We would like to thank those who responded to last month’s appeal for financial donations, especially those who chose to set up automatic withdrawals from their banks. Donations are the foundation of our ability to purchase nutritious food – especially dairy products, meat and produce – for delivery to food banks. Berkshire Bounty has become a key element of the fight against food insecurity in South County and Pittsfield, and our continued ability to serve that need is totally dependent on you, our faithful donor base.

Berkshire Bounty continued to collect and distribute food at a historically high level in June, at over 30,000 pounds. We’re now on track to achieve 450,000 pounds of food delivered in full year 2021. Berkshire Bounty has passed another significant milestone. Since inception, we estimate that we have distributed food having a retail value of over $2 million.

In addition to our regular food donors, we are increasingly the recipient of one-off or semi-regular food donations. For example, we recently received over 1,000 pounds of food from Our Lady of Hope Church in Copake Falls, New York – food that originated from the Food Bank of Western Massachusetts. Our volunteers are always available to handle unexpected food sources, and these donations remind us that the fight against food insecurity is also a fight against food waste.

Berkshire Bounty will hold its regular Monthly Food Drive home pickup on Tuesday, July 6th. We are shifting the focus of the July food drive to gather food for the families with children attending the Southern Berkshire Regional School District, Farmington River Regional School District and Berkshire Hills Regional School District. This decision was made with the full support of the Great Barrington People's Pantry where we have historically delivered most of the monthly food drives' collections. Anyone who wants to donate food or otherwise help us on that day should send an email to info@berkshire-bounty.org with your address and telephone number. We appreciate and need all food donations, large and small!

Last month we reported that Berkshire Bounty is part of a local coalition that is contacting local government leaders to discuss how Federal funds from the American Recovery Plan can help fight food insecurity. We, along with our Berkshire Rural Network partner, have met with or had Zoom calls with several of the South County towns, and Pittsfield, and have received good cooperation and communication. We will have more substantive information to report in the coming months.

Berkshire Bounty partnered with Berkshire Grown last fall to agree to purchase the entire crop of a local farm (coincidentally named Berkshire Bounty Farm!), for delivery this summer and fall. We have received the first delivery of snap peas and beets from the farm involved in our pilot program. We intend to expand this program, which supports local farmers, and provides the freshest possible produce to those in need.

We also want to highlight the success of our various partnerships with a diverse group of non-profits in Berkshire County … including Berkshire United Way, Berkshire Grown, Berkshire Rural Network, and Greenagers. We appreciate the spirit of cooperation that we share with them, and see opportunities to expand the network in the near term. The lifeblood of Berkshire Bounty is the network of volunteers who pick up and deliver food six days a week. We’re blessed with a cadre of devoted volunteers who are not only fulfilling that mission, but managing their routes themselves, with little guidance from Jenny, Mark or Jay. Thank you all!!

We also want to remind all active volunteers that the person responsible for all volunteer activities is our Operations Manager, Jenny Schwartz. All volunteer-related inquiries should be directed to Jenny at jenschwartz516@gmail.com, 1-917-272-7039.

Finally, we are pleased to announce that Berkshire Bounty was recently awarded a grant from the Lee Bank Foundation. That generosity helps us to carry out our mission to provide nutritious food to those in need

Jay Weintraub & Mark Lefenfeld

Co-Presidents, Berkshire Bounty

Berkshire Bounty Contact Information: info@berkshire-bounty.org, 33 Commonwealth Avenue, Great Barrington, MA 01230; Mark Lefenfeld: 413 717-5842, Jay Weintraub: 201 306-1964