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.
Food drives organized by community groups, schools, and local businesses help fill The Food Bank’s warehouse and enable us to dedicate more resources towards our mission.
Many people are interested in conducting canned food drives because of the hands-on aspect of physically bringing non-perishable food items to The Food Bank. While we greatly appreciate these types of donations, there are other ways to donate that have more of an impact. Every canned food drive costs The Food Bank in staff time to sort and redistribute the food that is donated. An easy solution to this is to conduct a virtual food drive.
Virtual food drives are online fund-raising campaigns that still have the exciting hands-on feel of a canned food drive. With the point and click of a mouse,you can choose which food products you which to donate and how many. Another benefit is that when you make a large donation, you no longer have to worry about carrying heavy boxes or bags of food to The Food Bank. Instead, your donation is delivered to The Food Bank instantaneously.
With virtual food drives, your donation goes a long way. For every $1 you donate through the virtual food drive towards food purchases and distribution, we are able to distribute $9 worth of food – that’s the equivalent of about 3 meals! Through a canned food drive, you will probably be able to donate about three cans of food for every $1 you spend. A virtual food drive allows you to stretch your dollar much further towards helping hungry families.
Our virtual food drive tool is fully customizable for your company, group, or school, so you can have the same feeling of team effort as you would with a canned food drive.
If a virtual food drive isn’t right for you or your group, a canned food drive is still a wonderful way to get involved and donate.
Below is our current list of most-needed food items. It’s a great idea to try to collect items that can be combined to make a healthy meal, such as:
Please use our online form to tell us about your canned food drive!
Methods for food delivery
Due to a large number of requests for food drive pick-up, The Food Bank of Western Massachusetts has put together a list of helpful criteria for planning your food delivery:
1) Bring your Donations to The Food Bank:
2) Drop Off your Donations at a Food Bank Member Agency:
3) Arrange Bins for over 1,000 pounds:
Bins are large plastic containers approximately 4′ x 3′ wide ( 48” x 40” x 32”h)
Each bin holds approximately 600 pounds.
The Food Bank must deliver the bin ahead of time and pick-up following your event. Please provide a contact name and number for someone who will be present for the bin delivery and pick-up.
The Food Bank can deliver bins within a 30 mile radius of Hatfield.
All bin drop offs and pick ups are subject to the Food Banks availability and regular food delivery schedules.
There must be legal truck parking at your location.
Bins must be picked up using a forklift, and therefore kept outside a building or if inside, you must have a solid surface upon which to place the bin, and we must be able to use heavy machinery in the area.
For more information, please call The Food Bank at 413-247-9738 or email our Development & Marketing Department.