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

82,514 pounds

of fruit and vegetables during 2019, and

33,048 pounds
in 2018
8,296 pounds
in 2017

Thank you to all!

Berkshire Bounty

…providing food to those in need

UPDATE: September 5, 2019

Our food rescue efforts continued to increase during August. We’ve already more than doubled last year’s collections, and expect to provide those in need with well above 100,000 pounds of nutritious food for all of 2019.

We’re very excited about our expanding cadre of volunteers who are helping with morning pickups and deliveries at our participating supermarkets. We’re very grateful to these new volunteers, who are taking ownership of their own routes. We now have 12 people transporting rescued food on a regular basis.

The fruit gleaning season has begun, and we’re concentrating on properties with larger number of trees in order to maximize the productivity of our gleaning volunteers. We’ve already visited five properties, averaging over 500 pounds of fruit per two-hour session.

While we’re very focused on our day-to-day objectives, we are also intensely interested in the strategic future of Berkshire Bounty. Our goal is to become a sustainable organization while we continue to grow. We’re meeting with a number of people and organizations closely involved with the food insecurity issue in Berkshire County, including the Food Bank of Western Massachusetts. We hope to use these connections to help us provide more people with more food in the months to come. We thank all of our volunteers, food and financial donors, and all those who’ve helped us reach this juncture. We remain a relatively small, all-volunteer, low budget organization that strives to make a difference in peoples’ lives.