Since 1982, the Food Bank has been distributing food to independent pantries, meal sites and shelters in Hampshire and surrounding counties. The Food bank is on the front lines of emergency food assistance.
The Food Bank has worked even harder since the outbreak of COVID. Without the Food Bank, the shutdown would have caused even worse economic hardship and hunger. Supporting the Food Bank means supporting service organizations to help feed our neighbors in need.
The Food Bank delivers food both directly and through its partners to individuals and families, seniors and children. Local emergency food assistance depends on the Food Bank as a conduit. The Food Bank provides food from the Food Bank farm, other local farms, individual donations, community organizations, retail and wholesale food businesses, and funds from the state and federal government (The Emergency Food Assistance Program, TEFAP). To address the underlying causes of hunger, the Food Bank further helps member agencies to develop long-term projects.
For those outside of Western Mass, consider giving to your local food bank, or to Feeding America, a national network of more than 200 food banks.
Food Bank effectiveness:
– For every $1 donated, we are able to provide 4 meals.
– Just $35 can provide more than a month’s worth of shelf-stable groceries for an elder in the Brown Bag: Food for Elders program.
– $180 can buy more than six months of meals for a family of four.
Your gift in any amount will make a difference.
Click here to donate online.