Alekman DiTusa & Springfield Thunderbirds team up to end hunger

The Springfield Thunderbirds, in conjunction with Alekman DiTusa, LLC, recently announced a brand new community-driven initiative. Goals for Groceries will benefit The Food Bank of Western Massachusetts throughout the year. For every goal scored during inside the MassMutual Center during the Springfield Thunderbirds’ 2018-19 regular season, Alekman DiTusa will donate 100 meals to The Food Bank of Western Massachusetts.

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“If you have enough to eat each day, it might be hard to imagine those who don’t. But the sad fact is that many of our western Massachusetts neighbors don’t know where their next meal is coming from. In fact, last year The Food Bank of Western Massachusetts distributed over 5 million meals in Hampden County alone,” said Ryan Alekman & Rob DiTusa.

“We have supported the Food Bank for many years as a way to give back to our community. In order to increase awareness, this year, we decided to join forces with the Springfield Thunderbirds and sponsor the Goals for Groceries program. Our hope is to provide help to families within our community and to encourage others to join us in supporting the Food Bank.”

“We are very grateful for the invaluable support of Alekman DiTusa and the Springfield Thunderbirds. It is through these strong partnerships that we can continue to be a reliable resource for our neighbors who may not know where their next meal is coming from,” said Heather Clark, Development & Marketing Manager for The Food Bank of Western Massachusetts.

Since 1982, The Food Bank has been feeding neighbors in need and leading the community to end hunger. We serve as the umbrella organization for the emergency food network in Berkshire, Franklin, Hampden and Hampshire counties and distribute nutritious food to hundreds of member agencies, including food pantries, meal sites, shelters, senior centers, and more. Last year, we distributed more than 11.6 million pounds of food (the equivalent of 9.6 million meals), and currently, more than 223,000 people throughout western Massachusetts rely on the services of The Food Bank and its member agencies (30% are kids under the age of 18, and 14% are seniors over the age of 65).