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

15,471 pounds

of nutritious food, including: fruits, vegetables, meat, fish and dairy during 2022, and

410,902 pounds
in 2021
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!

January 1, 2022

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Berkshire Bounty collected and delivered over 400,000 pounds of nutritious food during 2021. We thank the many people who made possible our extraordinary 50% growth from the previous year – volunteers, donors, food suppliers, farmers, food distribution organizations and our non-profit working partners. We also want to recognize and thank our growing donor base, as cash donations were up substantially in 2021. As a result, purchased food accounted for 40% of our distributions, up from 22% the previous year. Growing our donations is a major strategic priority for Berkshire Bounty, to help us achieve our goals for delivering even more food. We’re proud of Berkshire Bounty’s impact, while recognizing that food insecurity remains an intractable problem for so many in our community.

We also thank everyone who was involved in the Jolly Poker 5K Run in Lenox on December 20th. All of the proceeds from this well-attended event were donated to Berkshire Bounty. Particular thanks go to Patty Spector who conceived of the idea and organized it, the Lenox Chamber of Commerce who sponsored it, race participants and event volunteers.

Berkshire Bounty is again helping to plan and sponsor a countywide food distribution as part of our second annual collaboration with Berkshire United Way recognizing the MLK Day of Service on Monday, January 17th. Our volunteers will help fill bags with canned and packaged food, and be part of a coordinated distribution of the food throughout Berkshire County. We will again partner with Berkshire United Way, Guido’s Fresh Marketplace, and L.P. Adams to make this happen.

Berkshire Bounty has also joined a coalition of organizations to help support Afghan refugees now in the process of relocating to the Berkshires. The program is led by Jewish Family Services of Western Massachusetts (JFS), which is coordinating all facets of the process, including housing, clothing, employment, and food. Teams have been formed under the aegis of JFS, each “adopting” one Afghan family. The teams will coordinate the delivery of all necessary support to their respective families. Berkshire Bounty will purchase culturally appropriate food for all of the refugees throughout a transition period. Using cash donations, we will purchase canned and packaged goods, fresh produce, and halal meat. Those who would like to help support these food purchases should send donations to Berkshire Bounty at 33 Commonwealth Avenue, Great Barrington, MA 01230 or via our website at www.berkshire-bounty.org.

During 2021 we instituted a pilot program to pre-purchase produce from a local farm as a means of supporting local farmers, while also providing fresh, nutritious food to those in need. We’re planning the second season of this program, and hope to expand it during 2022.

Looking ahead, we will continue to focus on collecting and delivering donated and purchased nutritious food to those in need in South County and Pittsfield. We will also continue to seek out opportunities for geographical and functional expansion.

We have made a difference, and will work hard to continue to make a difference in 2022 and beyond.

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.