Among all client households served by The Food Bank of Western Massachusetts, 71% are food insecure, according to the U.S. government’s official food security scale.
Volunteer Orientations of 2014!
• Thursday, July 17th
12 – 1:30 PM
• Tuesday, Aug. 12th
6 – 7:30 PM
Volunteers are a crucial part of The Food Bank’s work. If you are energetic, reliable, caring, and cooperative, please consider joining our volunteer group!
Questions should be directed to Erin Sullivan, Volunteer Coordinator, at (413) 247-9738 x128 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
In Massachusetts, more than 294,400 children receive lunch assistance during the school year. However, only 16 percent of those kids will access feeding programs this summer; leaving more than 247,000 in our community food insecure while school isn’t in session.
Without school meals, grocery budgets are stretched to the brink, and many parents find it difficult to replace the two to three free meals they receive five days a week during the school year. Nearly half of the families say they must make tough choices between paying for food and paying for utilities, heating fuel, rent, mortgage or medical care, because they don’t have enough money to meet all these basic needs.
When children are out of school during the summer months, they are spread across every corner of Western Massachusetts, creating challenges for many families to receive food assistance. It’s possible that transportation isn’t available, or parents are at work during the designated hours of meal distribution.
As these challenges continues to grow, The Food Bank, along with our partners in the emergency food network, are committed to meeting the needs of our community. Through special programs, such as our Mobile Food Bank, we are working to ensure that summer months don’t turn into hungry months for thousands of kids in our area.
Mobile Food Bank expands to two new locations
Our Mobile Food Bank is an effective program which distributes healthy food rapidly to children and families where they live, work and go to school. Through a grant provided to us by Our Family Foundation by Stop & Shop, we have been able to expand the number of mobile sites across Western Massachusetts from 4 to 6, with two new sites in Great Barrington and Springfield. We also plan to have an additional four sites added by the end of September.
Our Partner Agencies
Many of our partner agencies in the emergency food network address the increased need directly by providing summer grocery bag programs and daily meals to help fill in the gaps. Contact us for more info about available programs in your area.