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

142,199 pounds

of nutritious food, including: fruits, vegetables, meat, fish and dairy during 2021, and

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!

April 2, 2021

Berkshire Bounty continues to increase the amount of food provided to those in need. We collected and delivered over 125,000 pounds of food for the first three months of 2021, which is far in excess of the amount collected and delivered for the same period during 2020.

We are committed to conceiving and sponsoring special events targeted to help those in Berkshire community that are suffering from food insecurity. In that vein, we are helping to fund, organize and staff a county-wide food distribution during National Volunteer Week in late April, through a partnership with Berkshire United Way. Food will be purchased from Project Outreach, which is a national program that delivers food to the food insecure population throughout the country. Volunteers will place a variety of six-serving meal packets into 1,000 bags, and distribute the bags to pantries throughout Berkshire County.

We continue to hold our monthly Mobile Food Drive. Details for the April 6 mobile food drive have been sent out. Participation has declined in recent months, and so we encourage more people in South County and Pittsfield to donate food (packaged and canned goods only). If you are interested, please email us at info@berkshire-bounty.org.

Over the past few months, we have materially increased the amount of food we purchase for delivery to those in need. The generous flow of pandemic-driven donations during 2020 allowed us to do this. As has been the case with most non-profits, Berkshire Bounty has seen a material reduction in donations during 2021. We have adequate cash reserves at this time; however, we need a re-energized flow of donations to maintain our current level of food purchases and to make Berkshire Bounty a sustainable organization. To make a donation, please click on the "Donate" button on this home page.

As the scope of our operations has broadened, we see the need for a formal Board of Directors to provide strategic input and other guidance, as opposed to an Advisory Board. An active and qualified Board will also help Berkshire Bounty become a sustainable organization and make Berkshire Bounty more appealing to past and prospective donors. We are now considering the size, composition and functions of the Board.

Finally, we are pleased to unveil our new logo, which stands at the top of our home page. It is intended to demonstrate our mission to provide food to those in need through partnership efforts with food donors, food distributors, volunteers and other non-profits. We also think it’s eye-catching!

Jay Weintraub & Mark Lefenfeld

Co-Presidents

Berkshire Bounty

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

Berkshire Grown performs a vital function in the Berkshires, supporting local farms and farmers, and helping to reduce food insecurity. Take a look at their video, at this link.