Volunteer Orientations of 2014!

• 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 sullivane@foodbankwma.org.

The 4th Annual Will Bike 4 Food (WB4F) was our biggest yet! 250 cyclists of all skill levels arrived to perfect sunny weather and began their rides with friends and family cheering them on. Thanks to our 60+ volunteers, riders had everything they needed along the way. Our wonderful sponsors made sure that there was food and fun upon their return.

Thank you so much to everyone who helped make this event the best one yet! We are so grateful to be a part of a dedicated community that joins together to help our neighbors in need. We are very close to exceeding our goal of $70,000. We will be sharing the final fundraising results when they are complete.

Fundraising will continue through October. If you would like to make a donation for Will Bike 4 Food please visit FirstGiving.com if you have a specific rider’s fundraising goals in mind, or our secure web page and select “Will Bike 4 Food” from the Purpose dropdown to make a general donation. Every dollar donated provides three meals to our neighbors in need. We can do it!

More than 200,000 people in cities and towns across Berkshire, Franklin, Hampden and Hampshire counties, turn to food pantries and meal service programs to feed themselves and their families. This includes more than 33,000 children and 20,800 seniors. On average, clients are visiting The Food Bank’s network programs 9.5 times per year. As individuals, charities, businesses and government, we all have a role to play in getting food to our neighbors in need.

You have the power to make a difference in our community by taking action

September is Hunger Action Month, a time when The Feeding America nationwide network of food banks unite and ask everyone to take action to fight hunger in their community. It is your opportunity to join a movement that has a real and lasting impact on our effort to feed more people than ever before. During Hunger Action Month, you can take action to raise awareness of food insecurity issues and reduce hunger in your community.

Download the 30 Ways in 30 Days calendar

By following the 30 Ways in 30 Days calendar, or other opportunities found on our website, you can become a hunger action hero. Find a way that’s right for you to make a difference by donating, advocating or participating. Join The Food Bank as we lead the community to end hunger.

Turn Orange for Hunger Relief™ by wearing orange on Hunger Action Day (Thursday, September 4). Share a pic of your orange style socially with @FoodBankWMA and use the hashtag #HungerAction.

Attend our Family Volunteer Day on Sunday, September 7. All ages are welcome. Guests will chose between a host of activities including educational programs focusing on youth, tours of our warehouse and hands-on volunteer opportunities.

Ride in Will Bike 4 Food on Sunday, September 28. The annual charity ride for hunger relief in Western Massachusetts offers four different routes for riders of all experience levels. All proceeds from the event benefit The Food Bank of Western Massachusetts.

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