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

347,489 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!

October 3, 2021

Berkshire Bounty recently appointed its initial Board of Directors – a key step in ensuring the continued growth and sustainability of the organization. In addition to co-founders Mark Lefenfeld and Jay Weintraub, the Board includes Brian Grossman, Margaret Moulton and Morgan Ovitsky. Their biographies can be found on our website, under “About Us.” Each person brings a well-developed and relevant skill to our organization. We believe that the Board will help take Berkshire Bounty to another level.

Berkshire Bounty is committed to working together with other local non-profits to reduce food insecurity in the Berkshires. During September, we participated in the Jewish Womens’ Foundation Meals of Hope program, in which volunteers packed 25,000 individual meals in boxes for delivery to food pantries. Berkshire Bounty provided 25 volunteers which was the largest-ever turnout of Berkshire Bounty volunteers for a single event. Berkshire Bounty also partnered with Hevreh of Southern Berkshire in their annual High Holy Days food drive, helping to deliver almost 1,000 pounds of food donated by the congregation and others to several local food distribution organizations.

Our food collection program delivered in excess of 30,000 pounds of nutritious food during September as we remain on course to collect over 400,000 pounds of food in full year 2021!

Our recent appeals for more volunteers have paid off -- the Berkshire community has responded. Thank you, Berkshire Bounty volunteers.

Berkshire Bounty will hold its monthly Mobile Food Drive on Tuesday, October 5th. Every month we appeal to the community to help us collect food on the first Tuesday. Our volunteers will come to your house to pick it up. Thank you in advance for your generosity.

Our fruit picking season is in full swing, with four gleanings already completed, and another four more scheduled. Our volunteers spend an enjoyable hour or two outdoors, taking in the beautiful scenery on our fruit donors’ properties. It’s a way to contribute to our cause, while meeting other people interested in helping those less fortunate. To sign up for future gleaning events, go to our website (www.berkshire-bounty.org) and click on “Volunteer” and then pick a date on the calendar. Details will then be provided to you.

We recently held a volunteer appreciation event for our regular volunteers. We exchanged ideas and expressed our gratitude for the volunteers who are the lifeblood of our organization, working six days a week, 52 weeks a year to pick up and deliver food throughout South County and Pittsfield.

Our handsome Berkshire Bounty T-shirts are now available, with our logo on the front (small) and back (large). They’re made of a synthetic and cotton blend that’s soft and won’t shrink a lot. Get yours now in either of two ways -- make a donation of $40 or more or purchase a T-shirt for $20. Be sure to send us your mailing address and preferred size (S, M, L, XL) to our email address (backbo2016@gmail.com).

The Berkshire Food Co-op has chosen Berkshire Bounty as the October recipient of their “round up to the next dollar” promotion. Please “round up” when you shop there, as the funds remitted to Berkshire Bounty will be used to purchase food for those in need.

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.

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