About 13% of Western Mass. residents are food insecure, a rate higher than any other food bank service area in the state.
The clean up and power restoration in Western Mass is in full swing after Hurricane Sandy came through earlier this week. While much of Western Mass was spared from the full-force of the storm many areas to our south are just beginning to realize the breadth of devastation from the storm. The estimated damage in New York City alone is close to $20 billion, and areas are still without power.
Area food banks are often where affected residents turn in a disaster. In a message by President and CEO of The Food Bank for New York City, Margarette Purvis said, “In the wake of a disaster not only do personal needs change, but so does the profile of the needy.”
Feeding America, which is made up of over 200 Food Bank’s nationwide, including The Food Bank of Western Mass, braced for Sandy in the days before the storm. “It is our responsibility to ensure preparedness for disaster response and relief, so that we can move food to affected areas as quickly as possible – and stay as long as our help is needed,” said Matt Knott, interim president and CEO of Feeding America. “We are there to offer support long after these disasters disappear from the headlines.”
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