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

178,780 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!

May 1, 2021

Berkshire Bounty continues to grow, with deliveries year-to-date of 165,000 pounds. We anticipate full year food collections in 2021 will be in excess of 400,000 pounds, compared with 270,000 pounds in 2020. We are seeing the benefits of a higher profile, as we are receiving a growing number of opportunities to pick up and deliver food arising from inbound calls. Our Operations Manager, Jenny Schwartz, has done an amazing job organizing and managing all aspects of our dedicated volunteer staff.

Berkshire Bounty recently passed a milestone. According to Feeding America, the average wholesale value of groceries is $1.67 per pound. Using that measure, Berkshire Bounty has now distributed more than $1 million of food in its brief history -- about 75% representing donated food, the remainder purchased using cash donations.

A number of distribution organizations where we delivered food were forced to close temporarily by the onset of COVID-19. We’re pleased to report that the Claire Teague Senior Center in Great Barrington has reopened, and we have resumed regular deliveries of fresh produce and other nutritional food there. We’re hopeful that other distribution organizations that closed during 2020 will resume full operations in the near future.

On April 9th, as part of the Volunteer Month, Berkshire Bounty participated in a county-wide food distribution event in partnership with Berkshire United Way. Our volunteers helped pack food from Project Outreach into approximately 1,000 bags, which were delivered to distribution organizations throughout Berkshire County. This was our second collaboration with Berkshire United Way this calendar year, and another example of how Berkshire Bounty is working with other like-minded organizations to fight food insecurity in our community.

Our eleventh monthly food drive in early April brought the aggregate food collected since inception to 16,000 pounds of canned and packaged goods. Local homeowners have continued to support this program, and we’re gratified to see so many "regulars" who donate food every month.

Berkshire Bounty would like to thank the family of Guido’s matriarch Rena Masiero, who passed away on March 26th. In lieu of flowers, the family said, “friends may make donations to Berkshire Bounty or Hospice Care of the Berkshires.” We’ve received a large number of such gifts, and we’re very grateful for the substantial and continuing support of the Masiero family.

We’re increasingly focused on how we operate, to prepare for further growth. For that reason, we’ve drafted a Strategic Plan, outlining our mission, goals and values. Using that document, we’re in process of constructing a formal Board of Directors to help us plan for and manage further growth. We’ve also expanded our involvement with coalitions of non-profits in North and South County, to enhance the efficiency of countywide efforts to meet the needs of those suffering from food insecurity. We expect these coalitions to yield tangible benefits in the months to come.

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

Berkshire Grown performs a vital function in the Berkshires, supporting local farms and farmers, and helping to reduce food insecurity. Take a look at their video, at this link.