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

65,709 pounds

of fruit and vegetables during 2019, and

33,048 pounds
in 2018
8,296 pounds
in 2017

Thank you to all!

Berkshire Bounty

…providing food to those in need

UPDATE: August 12, 2019

Berkshire Bounty continued to increase the number of pickups and deliveries during July and into August, largely by adding another collection day to the schedule. We're now picking up from the Big Y in Great Barrington on Mondays, as well as the Tuesday/Thursday/Friday pickups that we've been doing for some time.

Our efforts to attract new volunteers for food pickups and deliveries are bearing fruit (pun intended). We now have 11 people transporting food on a regular basis, with many more waiting in the wings for the gleaning season to start in late August. Several other people are interested in volunteering on a regular basis for transporting produce -- a very exciting development! We're gaining confidence that these volunteers will allow us to add even more pickups to the schedule.

We continue to search for more opportunities to collect food, and have engaged in discussions with the Food Bank of Western Massachusetts to help us gain access to the Price Chopper in Pittsfield as a produce source. Out ultimate goal is to attract Pittsfield-based volunteers to handle the pickups and deliveries there, as well as to broaden our working relationship with the very important Food Bank of Western Massachusetts.

We've also met with the new President/CEO of Berkshire United Way to gain the benefit of that organization's experience and knowledge.

Finally, we've added a Donors page to our website, and thank all those who've made financial contributions to Berkshire Bounty, allowing us to build our refrigerated storage unit, purchase our van, and otherwise achieve our goals. We're pleased that the success of Berkshire Bounty is attributable to a growing community of people interested in helping those suffering from food insecurity.