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

88,193 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!


Berkshire Bounty

…providing food to those in need


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!

February 2, 2021

January was a spectacular month for Berkshire Bounty, as we collected and delivered over 50,000 pounds of food – far and away the highest total ever. A major contributor was the MLK Day of Service event on January 18th, sponsored by Berkshire Bounty. Over 23,000 pounds of nutritious food were delivered to those in need throughout Berkshire County. Our thanks go to the many donors and volunteers who made the day such a success, including our partners, the Berkshire United Way, the Nonprofit Center of the Berkshires, Berkshire Money Management, and Northern Berkshire United Way. We hope to have similar countywide food distributions as our funding allows.

We continue to expand through new efforts:

• Working with Rural Health Network (under the auspices of Fairview Hospital), we are delivering meals during the winter months from eight local restaurants to those in need in South County.

• We have finalized arrangements with a local farm to pre-purchase the farm’s entire 2021 crop, which we will deliver to food pantries as the crops ripen. We are partnering with Berkshire Grown to expand this concept to include other local farms.

• Our February 2 Mobile Food Drive was canceled due to heavy snow. We were ready to go with over 30 homeowner donors. After eight months of mobile food drives, we now have a material number of regular donors and drivers, and so have created an ongoing and predictable source of food for People’s Pantry, South Congregational Church and the Otis Pantry. We look forward to our next food drive on March 2.

• We have doubled the size of our monthly purchase of fresh eggs for delivery to South Congregational Church.

• We are now also purchasing meat for delivery to South Congregational Church.

Berkshire Bounty takes pride in providing food to those in need on a day-in and day-out basis, making a lasting positive effect on the quality of the diets of those receiving the food. Here is a listing of all pick-ups and deliveries that are now being done on a regular basis, by Berkshire Bounty volunteers, i.e., in addition to one-off pick-ups and deliveries.

DONATED FOOD:

• Big Y (GB) and Guido’s (GB) to People’s Pantry (GB)

• Big Y, Guido’s (GB), Guido’s (Pittsfield) to South Congregational Church (Pittsfield)

• Price Chopper (GB) to Lee Food Pantry

• Big Y and Guido’s (GB) to Berkshire Hills Regional School District, Farmington River School District, Lee Schools and Southern Berkshire Regional School District

• Big Y to Sheffield Food Assistance

• April Hill Farm to WIC/CHP (GB)

• Big Y to April Hill Farm volunteers

• Guido’s (GB) to People’s Pantry

• Guido’s (Pittsfield), Crescent Creamery and Panera Bread to various pantries in Pittsfield

• Individual food donors to People’s Pantry, South Congregational Church and Otis Pantry through monthly food drive

• Berkshire County Correctional Facility to various pantries

• Gleaned fruit to South Congregational Church, Salvation Army (Pittsfield), Teague Senior Center and other distribution organizations

PURCHASED FOOD:

• Guido’s (GB) to WIC/CHP and People’s Pantry

• Wohrle’s (Pittsfield) to South Congregational Church

• High Lawn Farm (Lee) to four area school districts noted above, Berkshire Food Project, WIC/CHP and four pantries

• Tori Hill to South Congregational Church

• Eight local restaurants to homes of those in need (winter months only)

All of this activity would not be possible without the growing and sustained generosity of donors and the efforts of an expanding cadre of dedicated volunteers. Thank you to all!

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.