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

154,433 pounds

of nutritious food, including: fruits, vegetables, meat, fish and dairy during 2020, and

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!

September 6, 2020

Food donors are the bedrock of our ability to provide nutritious food to those in need. We want to acknowledge and thank those supermarkets and farms that have, over the past five years, regularly donated significant amounts of quality produce to Berkshire Bounty for delivery to those in need.

Big Y – Great Barrington
Guido’s Fresh Marketplace – Great Barrington and Pittsfield
Indian Line Farm
Markristo Farm
MX Morningstar Farm
Price Chopper – Great Barrington

This is a very busy time of the year. Key activities include the following:

• We continue to significantly grow our food collection efforts due to the generosity and hard work of our food donors and substantial food purchases. During the first eight months of this year we collected and distributed more food than in all of 2019. We expect to collect in excess of 200,000 pounds of food during 2020.

• Our September 1st Mobile Food Drive collected a record 3,900 pounds of canned and packaged goods from over 60 households. Thank you to all of our food donors, who are making a difference! The collected food was delivered to Peoples’ Pantry in Great Barrington and South Congregational Church in Pittsfield, where it is greatly appreciated. We will continue to expand the Mobile Food Drive by making more people aware of the opportunity to help those in need. For example, this month we had more than 20 households in one housing community in Dalton donate almost 1,000 pounds of canned and packaged goods as the result of the organizational efforts of one homeowner there. We hope to replicate this program with other local communities in future months. We ask anyone with suggestions on how to reach additional local communities or other potential food donors to email us at Our next Mobile Food Drive will take place on Tuesday, October 6th.

• Keep in mind that if it is not convenient to donate food, please consider a financial donation to Berkshire Bounty, which allows us to purchase food at deeply discounted prices – well below full retail prices. We can thus purchase more food than you can for the same dollar amount. To do so, please go to the homepage of our website at, where you will find a DONATE button.

• Preparations for our fall fruit gleanings have begun. The apple and pear crops are not as bountiful as in prior years but we nonetheless are planning to pick fruit from trees from South County properties that have a significant number of trees. The gleaning schedule and sign-up list will be on our website soon.

• We are expanding our presence in Pittsfield through a new partnership with a group that has been picking up and delivering food in Pittsfield for many years. We have a vital need for volunteers in the Pittsfield area who are regularly available on Monday and/or Tuesday mornings for this Pittsfield expansion. If interested in volunteering in Pittsfield, please email us.

Contact information - Email: Tel: Mark Lefenfeld: (413) 717-5842, Jay Weintraub: (201) 306-1964.

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