At least 12.5% of Western Massachusetts residents are living below the poverty line, and that number is growing.
By Molly Coon, Hunger Education Coordinator
One month after the tornado on June 1st, The Food Bank continues to receive an influx of support from individuals, community groups and businesses in the form of food and monetary donations. Every day we get multiple requests from folks who’d like to start food drives—from traditional canned drives to our new virtual food drive option.
Support is all over the map, across counties and states. Last week a woman drove all the way from Swampscott to The Food Bank warehouse in Hatfield to donate 140 pounds of food. From Ashland to Amherst, students are running virtual food drive campaigns to raise money even in summer session. Individuals personally affected by the storm have organized fundraisers to bolster a sense of togetherness and express solidarity.
This Monday, The Food Bank received the results of a Franklin County area food drive that raised 4,316 pounds of food. It takes a community effort to make possible this possible. Local businesses, including Stop & Shop in Greenfield, Food City and Fosters provided space, advertisement and enthusiasm, some going so far as to pre-make bags with most needed items for purchase by the registers. Sitterly Movers were especially helpful; they provided the trucks, time, and boxes needed to deliver the donations to our warehouse. (We’re short on boxes at the moment, and happily re-using these for other deliveries!).
Our heartfelt appreciation goes to the anonymous community organizers who helped coordinate this massive food drive, and for all those who contributed in whatever ways they could.Leave a Comment