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

9,176 pounds

of nutritious food, including: fruits, vegetables, meat, fish and dairy during 2020, and

129,685 pounds
in 2019
33,048 pounds
in 2018
8,296 pounds
in 2017

Thank you to all!


Berkshire Bounty

…providing food to those in need


UPDATE:

January 3, 2020

2019 was a momentous year for Berkshire Bounty, a 501(c)3 non-profit. We collected and delivered 130,000 pounds of fresh, nutritious food – almost 4 times the amount collected and delivered during 2018! There are many people who contributed to that remarkable growth, especially our volunteers, food donors and financial donors. Thank you all!!!

Berkshire Bounty is becoming much more than a food collection and distribution enterprise. We’re searching for more ways to help provide food to those in need in Berkshire County. We’ve started purchasing food from Guido’s and Price Chopper, and hope to institute a third purchase program during early 2020. Berkshire Bounty will also purchase CSA shares from two local farms in 2020, helping to support those South County farms, as well as donating the purchased CSA food shares to those in need.

Berkshire Bounty will also implement two pilot programs during early 2020, with partners in South County.

- We’re planning to institute a food distribution event at WIC in Great Barrington, during the third week of each month, to supplement the Food Bank of Western Massachusetts food distribution on the first Tuesday of each month. Berkshire Bounty plans to provide donated and purchased food for the WIC distribution.

- Another exciting development is an expanded partnership with People’s Pantry in Great Barrington – which provides much-needed food to those in need in South County. People’s Pantry plans to increase its hours of operation in early February by opening for one hour on Monday evenings, as a supplement to its traditional Thursday morning hours. These expanded hours will attract people not served by the Thursday morning program. Berkshire Bounty will supply fresh produce and also provide volunteers to help staff the pantry on those Monday evenings, once or twice a month. Volunteers would not need to lift heavy boxes. Please consider coming to People’s Pantry to volunteer on select Monday evenings from 5 to 7 PM – you’ll be glad you did! To volunteer, please e-mail Jay or Mark at www.info@berkshire-bounty.org.

Our funding for the new food purchase programs and our continuing operating expenses will come from donations already received as well as from donations resulting from our recently e-mailed solicitation. The Berkshire Bounty community has already responded generously to that solicitation but we need more donations to fund the plans described above. If you haven’t already made a donation, please consider doing so by clicking on the “Donate” button on our website, or mail a check payable to Berkshire Bounty at 33 Commonwealth Avenue, Great Barrington, MA 01230.

We wish you all a Healthy and Happy 2020!