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

110,310 pounds

of fruit and vegetables during 2019, and

33,048 pounds
in 2018
8,296 pounds
in 2017

Thank you to all!

Berkshire Bounty

…providing food to those in need

UPDATE: October 29, 2019

Fireworks Berkshire Bounty just achieved an exciting milestone! We’ve now collected and distributed more than 100,000 pounds of food during calendar 2019. That’s more than 3x our activity in 2018, and there are two months left to the year! We celebrate that significant milestone, and congratulate and thank all who have contributed to our growth, and success.

We just concluded our fruit picking/gleaning season. More than 20 property owners allowed us access to their trees. With the end of the growing season and the closing of the Great Barrington Farmers Market, we also ended our farm pick-ups.

However, we’re still hard at work, continuing our year-round pick-ups and deliveries from grocery stores and other food donors to pantries and other distribution organizations throughout South County and Pittsfield. At the same time, as winter approaches, we’re investigating new avenues of growth. As an example, we’ll be starting deliveries to the United Methodist Church in Lenox later on this week.

We recently held our first Berkshire Bounty gathering for regularly active volunteers at Fuel, in Great Barrington -- our unofficial “headquarters.” Our thanks go to Fuel owner Will Curletti. What started as a purely social gathering turned into a useful exchange of observations and ideas, some of which we plan to implement.

Our newly organized volunteer teams continue to create efficiencies and a more equitable distribution of work as each team has taken full responsibility for one pick-up/delivery route each week. Thanks go out to those volunteers for their ongoing commitment to provide food to those in need.