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

27,750 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


UPDATE:

February 11, 2020

Berkshire Bounty continues to expand, and take advantage of new opportunities to help those in need. Our total of food pick-ups and deliveries in January was significantly higher than in 2019, and we expect that full year statistics will be well ahead of last year's record total.

Due to the generosity of our donors, we were able to continue our successful food purchase programs. We’re now purchasing food from Guido's Fresh Marketplace, Wohrle's Foods (Pittsfield), and Price Chopper, at very attractive prices.

As part of our efforts to reach out to more people, we’ve instituted a food distribution program at WIC in Great Barrington, as a means to supplement the monthly food drop-off by the Food Bank of Western Massachusetts (FBWM). The FBWM distributes food from a large truck on the first Tuesday of each month. Berkshire Bounty will distribute food at WIC on the third Wednesday of each month going forward, to provide an additional source to those in need.

Berkshire Bounty has partnered with People's Pantry in Great Barrington, to allow the pantry to open on Monday evenings in addition to its regular Thursday morning schedule. Berkshire Bounty is supplying the fresh produce, and some of the volunteers in this program. With evening hours, we hope that People’s Pantry will reach the working population that is unable to pick up food during the day.

Another new effort just underway is a partnership with Berkshire Grown, in which Berkshire Bounty will fund the purchase of 600 dozen eggs over a six-month period while Berkshire Grown will distribute the eggs to those in need.

Finally, we will be purchasing CSA shares from two local farms, adding that produce to other food that we collect. In this way we can distribute more food and help to sustain local farms. These new programs are made possible through the efforts and generosity of many people. Thank you to all.

We have an ongoing need for donations to continue or expand our food purchase programs. Please consider donating by clicking on the “Donate” button on our website (www.berkshire-bounty.org), or by mailing a check payable to Berkshire Bounty at 33 Commonwealth Avenue, Great Barrington, MA 01230.