Our Story

This is the story of Berkshires Bounty and Backyard Bounty of the Berkshires -- two separate but similar organizations that joined together to become one.

Berkshires Bounty founder Mel Greenberg delivered food to those in need for over 25 years and built productive relationships with food providers, food distribution organizations, volunteers and financial donors.

Backyard Bounty of the Berkshires founders Jay Weintraub and Mark Lefenfeld started a parallel effort in 2015 that grew to become comparable in size and function to Berkshires Bounty. Through the generosity of individual contributors and grantors (Green Pastures, Berkshire Agricultural Ventures and Jewish Women’s Foundation), Backyard Bounty was able to build a refrigerated storage space and establish a network of relationships that complemented and even overlapped with the relationship network of Berkshires Bounty.

The two organizations combined operations during early 2019 and now operate as a single entity, Berkshire Bounty, a 501(c)3 non-profit, in order to create new opportunities for efficiency and growth. Jay and Mark now manage the operation after the passing of Mel Greenberg during 2019.

We will continue to rely on the Backyard Bounty Board of Advisors, made up of local people with deep knowledge of food insecurity issues that are prevalent in the Berkshires.

  • Andrew Morehouse, Executive Director, Food Bank of Western Massachusetts
  • Cynthia Pansing, Executive Director, Berkshire Agricultural Ventures
  • Peter Stanton, Executive Director, The Nutrition Center
  • Barbara Zheutlin, Retired Executive Director, Berkshire Grown

Berkshire Bounty is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. All donations to Berkshire Bounty are tax deductible.