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

222,685 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!

June 4, 2021

COVID-19 seems to be receding, but food insecurity is not. The number of people in need of food remains high and well above the pre-pandemic level. Berkshire Bounty has provided a growing supplement to the food resources in South County and Pittsfield. We remain on a path to pick up and deliver over 400,000 pounds of nutritious produce, meat, dairy and canned and packaged goods for the full year 2021, compared with 270,000 in 2020. We thank the many food and cash donors as well as the volunteers who have made this possible.

Our activities continue to expand. We asked the Berkshire Bounty community to step up donations to our monthly Mobile Food Drive, which has had declining volumes in recent months. You responded with a record number of donors during our June 1 Mobile Food Drive. We collected 1,500 pounds of canned and packaged goods for delivery to several food pantries in the area. Keep up the good work, and thank you!!

The Great Barrington Farmers Market is now open for the 2021 season, and we’ve started collecting the leftover produce from several of our longstanding farm partners. We’d like to especially thank Indian Line Farm, MX Morningstar Farm and Markristo Farm for their years of helping out with their generous donations of beautiful and delicious freshly picked vegetables. Along those same lines, Berkshire Bounty will again also support Colfax Farm with the purchase of CSA shares, and delivering that CSA produce to food pantries.

We are in process of reaching out to the governmental leaders of all of the towns in South County and Pittsfield to advocate for using federal funding from the American Recovery Plan and state originated funding to battle food insecurity. Berkshire Bounty has assumed a key role in a coalition of other non-profits that meet regularly to discuss food insecurity issues. Contacting town leaders is one example of the expansion of the coalition’s goals from meeting only immediate food needs to a more sustainable effort to effectively address food insecurity issues over time.

Berkshire Bounty is now partnering with Rural Health Network/Fairview Hospital to help transport meals prepared in the Guthrie Center kitchen to elder-oriented people at home and in need.

Cash donations are the lifeblood of our food purchase program. We continue to receive a good flow of funding although donations made to date during 2021 are well below the donations made during the same period in 2020 amid COVID-19. We need your ongoing financial support to continue our ambitious and growing food purchase program.

We are fortunate to have a number of people who donate money on a regular basis. If you are interested in setting up an automated donation program that generates monthly or quarterly donations, please contact us at info@berkshire-bounty.org.

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.