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

318,937 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!

September 1, 2021

Berkshire Bounty was active on a number of fronts during August. We were awarded grants from Greylock Federal Credit Union and the Jewish Women’s Foundation (JWF). Our sincere thanks go to both organizations, for helping provide us with the funds to buy nutritious food at wholesale prices. We’re also going to participate in the JWF mid-September local Meals of Hope program (www.mealsofhope.org), to pack 25,000 meals in one morning for distribution throughout all of Berkshire County by the Food Bank of Western MA. Finally, we thank the members of Country Club of Pittsfield, who held a food drive in connection with a golf event on August 17th. They collected over 900 pounds of donated food, which we delivered to the South Congregational Church in Pittsfield.

We will be partnering with Hevreh of Southern Berkshire in their annual High Holy Days food drive. Our volunteers will help deliver the collected food to several local food distribution organizations. This joint food collection effort is in lieu of Berkshire Bounty’s September monthly (first Tuesday) mobile food drive.

Many local non-profits, including Berkshire Bounty, have seen a noticeable decline in volunteer participation this summer. We believe that it’s most likely due to the many other priorities in the Berkshires during the summer as well as the resurgence of COVID fears due to the Delta variant. Berkshire Bounty has taken a leadership role in publicizing the need for volunteers for all non-profits, by writing articles for the local press and creating a public service announcement for WSBS. Volunteers are sorely needed, and we urge those who are able to give their time to the nonprofit organization of their choice.

While we are appealing for greater volunteer participation, we continue to collect and deliver food at the rate of over 30,000 pounds per month, and expect to hit 450,000 pounds for full year 2021. Thank you, Berkshire Bounty volunteers!

The fruit picking season is upon us, and Berkshire Bounty will again be picking (“gleaning”) the apples, peaches and pears from trees in peoples’ backyards. These popular events will be held from mid-September through the end of October. Gleaning events will be publicized through emails, with sign-up on our website (www.berkshire-bounty.org).

We again remind all active volunteers that the person responsible for volunteer activities is our Operations Manager, Jenny Schwartz. All volunteer-related inquiries should be directed to Jenny at jenschwartz516@gmail.com, 917 272-7039. Jenny is on vacation through September 13. During her absence, volunteers should call Joe Gelinas at 781 801-2024 or email him at backbo2016@gmail.com.

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, Jenny Schwartz: 917 272-7039