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

189,816 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!
October 6, 2020

Summer is over – all too quickly! Berkshire Bounty expanded its activities markedly this summer, already passing the full year 2019 food collections, with over 170,000 pounds gathered and delivered so far this year. We expect to exceed 200,000 pounds for all of 2020. We would like to again thank our primary food donors, Guido’s Fresh Marketplace – Great Barrington/Pittsfield and Big Y - Great Barrington, for their generosity.

Autumn means apple gleaning at Berkshire Bounty, and we’ve started to pick fruit from local backyards and orchards – a process that will continue through late October. Our volunteers have picked and delivered 3,600 pounds of fruit already, mostly apples. We’d like to acknowledge the participation of Greenagers, the local group that engages teens and young adults in meaningful work in environmental conservation, sustainable farming, and natural resource management. Greenagers is sending volunteers to assist in every one of our fruit gleanings. We sincerely appreciate their help.

We started our monthly Mobile Food Drive in June, and we're pleased with the results. Our volunteers collected over 2,000 pounds of canned and packaged goods from 45 donors during the latest Food Drive on October 6th. We thank all of the food donors and volunteers who are helping to make the food drives so successful.

Berkshire Bounty has increased the amount of food purchased for delivery to those in need. For example, we have initiated weekly purchases of high protein dairy products from High Lawn Farm which provides food not typically included in food donations and materially improves the diets of those receiving the food.

We stand ready to provide additional nutrition in the local market as summer produce production ebbs and food insecurity will likely increase. We are also monitoring the needs of local school districts for more food to provide to school families as funding from the state remains questionable.

Berkshire Bounty will soon be providing food to support recently opened pantries in Monterey (see flyer below) and Otis, as well as the ongoing efforts of the Berkshire Food Project in North Adams.

Berkshire Bounty Contact information:
Mark Lefenfeld: (413) 717-5842; Jay Weintraub: (201) 306-1964.
33 Commonwealth Avenue, Great Barrington, MA 01230