Volunteer Orientations of 2015!

Tuesday, March 10th
@ 6pm

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 sullivane@foodbankwma.org.

Winter months bring difficult challenges to families

The weekly weather forecasts for this time of year in Western Massachusetts are usually pretty consistent. Highs in the teens, and lows in the single digits (or even below zero) are not uncommon. For many families in our region, winter proves to be the most challenging season of the year. Faced with higher utility bills, many have to make the difficult decision to either pay for heat or food. According to the results of the 2014 Hunger in America Study, 61% of the clients The Food Bank serves indicate having to choose between paying for food and utilities.

There are many resources available to eligible families who need extra support, including the Low Income Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) a government program to help income-eligible families and individuals pay their heating bills through the winter (visit www.massresources.org).

Although these services provide valuable support, it’s sometimes not enough to help off-set the continually increasing cost of food, fuel and housing.

That’s why The Food Bank is working hard to distribute more food to more people in need throughout our region. Through programs such as our Mobile Food Bank and Brown Bag: Food for Elders, we seek to ensure that no one has to choose between food and other necessities this winter.

Click here to learn about all the different ways that you can take action and support the mission of The Food Bank. Together, we can put an end to hunger in Western Massachusetts.

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