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

42,196 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!

UPDATE:

April 1, 2020

The world has changed, seemingly overnight. Berkshire Bounty now faces many challenges as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, but has continued to serve its primary mission of providing nutritious food to those in need. Our current challenges include:

• Seven of our distribution organizations have temporarily closed;

• Many of our older volunteers have appropriately stepped back, sheltering in place;

• The number of people suffering from food insecurity has ramped up at the pantries and churches in the area, increasing the need for our services;

Berkshire Bounty has responded by:

• Consolidating our regular food rescue operation by delivering to only the three large distribution points that remain open – People’s Pantry in Great Barrington, WIC/CHP in Great Barrington, and South Congregational Church in Pittsfield;

• Joining with school districts and other area organizations to access food from new sources, such as local farms, to provide for families of school age kids, people laid off, elderly and other food insecure populations;

• Serving as a clearing house and transportation hub for the distribution of food to the four area school districts;

• Accelerating our food purchase program, using the generous donations from our community;

• Implementing coronavirus protocols to protect our volunteers, including providing masks and gloves, and enforcing social distancing rules;

• Enlisting the help of a number of younger volunteers.

With the addition of food purchases, we have to-date delivered more food this year than last year, and expect to deliver substantially more food for full year 2020 than during 2019. This increase in the amount of food delivered is timely in light of the surge in the number of food-insecure people.

Please consider helping us. To donate, click on the “Donate” button on our website (www.berkshire-bounty.org), or mail a check payable to Berkshire Bounty at 33 Commonwealth Avenue, Great Barrington, MA 01230. Thank you for your generosity!