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

45,146 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!

January 4, 2021

Year-end is the time when we look back on the past year and reflect. This year we’re eager to move on to 2021 and put 2020 behind us.

Berkshire Bounty responded to the challenges brought on by COVID-19, and significantly expanded its activities during 2020. We collected and distributed over 270,000 pounds of food – an amount equivalent to over 220,000 meals – more than double the previous year. During the last four months of the year, Berkshire Bounty collected and delivered an average of 1,000 pounds per day, every day. Going forward we hope to meet new challenges, as we fully expect that the number of people suffering food insecurity in the Berkshires will continue to increase.

We entered 2020 confident that Berkshire Bounty would continue to grow, but were unaware of the COVID-related issues that we would face. In response to the pandemic, we became part of a new coalition of non-profits organized to respond to the food needs of the increasing size of the food insecure population in Berkshire County. This led to meaningful cooperation among coalition members and an increased flow of food to those needing assistance.

Berkshire Bounty expanded food distributions in 2020 in a number of ways:

- Increasing the number of pickups at local supermarkets;

- Expanding food collection and distribution activities in Pittsfield;

- Initiating deliveries to food pantries recently opened in Monterey and Otis;

- Purchasing significantly more fresh produce, milk, cheese and eggs for distribution to our food pantry partners; and,

- Initiating our monthly Mobile Food Drive during June. Since then, we have collected over 14,000 pounds of food from food donors throughout South County and Pittsfield in the Mobile Food Drive program.

Looking ahead to 2021, Berkshire Bounty is continuing to explore ways to expand its activities, including:

- In support of local farming, we are planning a pilot program, through a partnership with a local farm, for Berkshire Bounty to commit now to purchase and deliver crops to be harvested next Summer/Fall.

- We are working on a virtual food donation process which will allow individuals to purchase and donate food from a pre-selected menu on Amazon. We would then deliver the food to our distribution network.

- We are partnering with Berkshire United Way and the Nonprofit Center of the Berkshires to help underwrite and execute a one-day, county-wide food distribution event in Pittsfield on January 18th, as part of the Martin Luther King Day celebration.

Finally, we express our sincere thanks and appreciation for the efforts of an entire community … 1) food suppliers, especially Guido’s Fresh Marketplace, Big Y World Class Market, High Lawn Farm and Wohrle’s Foods; 2) food distribution organizations, especially People’s Pantry, South Congregational Church and WIC; 3) our cadre of dedicated volunteers who are crucial to Berkshire Bounty’s operations; and, 4) all of our financial supporters, for their generosity.

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.