The Food Bank receives $10,000 grant from the Avangrid Foundation to support emergency food delivery
The Food Bank is pleased to announce we have been awarded a $10,000 grant from the Avangrid Foundation, in partnership with Berkshire Gas Co., to support our door-to-door delivery program and our mission to feed our neighbors in need and lead the community to end hunger.
The door-to-door delivery program is a critical part of our core service of food distribution and is an efficient way to bring more nutritious food to more people in need. Through the program, our member agencies receive regular deliveries of healthy fresh and non-perishable food. Approximately 40% of our food reaches people in need through the delivery program.
“We are very grateful for the strong partnership with Avangrid Foundation,” says The Food Bank’s executive director, Andrew Morehouse. “This gift will allow us to continue to be a dependable resource for our neighbors who don’t know where their next meal is coming from.”
Currently, more than 223,000 people in western Massachusetts are impacted by food insecurity. Nearly 1/3 of those people are children under the age of 18, and approximately 15% are seniors over the age of 65. In the 12 month period from Oct. 1, 2017 – Sept. 30, 2018, The Food Bank distributed 11.6 million pounds of food — the equivalent of approximately 9,676,000 meals.