71% of the people we serve live in poverty. Nearly half of them have had to choose between buying food and paying for utilities, rent, mortgage or medical care.
Youth Against Hunger (YAH!)
The YAH! curriculum is designed for students grades K-12. Activities help pave the way for service projects and discussion addressing hunger and inequity in the United States. Click on the link above to register to access the table of contents and downloadable pdfs.
Schedule a Tour of The Food Bank
The Food Bank is glad to host group tours of our warehouse and facilities in Hatfield. Tours typically last 45 minutes to an hour and include an educational game and discussion. For students ages 16 and under, we ask there be at least one chaperone for every eight students. This is a fantastic way to learn more about The Food Bank of Western Massachusetts and the issue of hunger and food insecurity affecting millions in our nation. Educators can download a “Programs Menu” here that can give you an idea of what a visit to the Food Bank with your group might be like. Options include half-day, full day and multi-day programs depending on how much time your group wants to dedicate to fighting hunger!
Food Drives and Fundraisers
To view a list of our most needed food donations click on Tips for Planning a Successful Food Drive. Food donations can be delivered anytime Monday through Friday 9:00-3:00. For donations of 150 lbs or more, having the donations in cardboard boxes makes it easy to transfer and weigh, but we gladly accept donations in bags.
A virtual food drive is a fun alternative to the traditional canned food drive that also incorporates computers. Participants choose to purchase groceries via a virtual portal, and The Food Bank is able to provide the most needed food by using money donated to purchase food in bulk. To view a sample of what this would look like click here.
If you are interested in holding a virtual or canned food drive (or both) please let us know by filling out the following food drive form.
Food Assistance for Families
To learn more about SNAP (food stamp) eligibility, WIC and other resources for families you can call us at 413.247.9738. A full list of emergency pantries and kitchens by town can be found on our website here.