The Food Bank of Western Massachusetts has long been near and dear to our hearts for the essential services they provide to people in need throughout our region. This year, in celebration of our 100th anniversary, we want to make an even bigger impact for this nonprofit than in years past, so we are launching our 100 Days of Summer Food Drive. For 100 days—from Memorial Day on May 31 until Labor Day on September 5—we are collecting non-perishable food items and cash donations at all our branch locations in support of the Food Bank.
Last summer, we collected cash donations throughout the months of June and July, raising a grand total of $2,710. But food insecurity continues to be a prevalent concern for many families throughout the Pioneer Valley, worsened by a number of factors including the pandemic, supply chain disruptions and inflation. More than 100,000 people across our region’s four counties need support.
Since 1982, The Food Bank of Western Massachusetts has helped provide much needed food to area residents in Hampden, Hampshire, Franklin and Berkshire counties. They source their products from donations and then supply it to participating pantries, meal sites and shelters throughout the region. These independent resources are on the front lines of emergency food assistance in our region. On a monthly basis, they feed an average of 101,782 people.
We Need Your Help
Our members and staff always come together to support those in need. We hope you will give to the extent you are able throughout the summer to support this worthwhile cause. Invite your friends and family to help as well; you don’t have to be a member to donate, and every donation makes a difference. For each dollar received, the Food Bank is able to provide four meals!
Thank you in advance for your help in caring for our neighbors. Let’s make our centennial year our best ever!