From the Executive Director
Although the federal government shutdown has temporarily ended, its damaging effects continue to present challenges across the country, particularly on our region’s emergency food network and the people that we serve.
The Food Bank of Western Massachusetts remains open for business through the shutdown and has been working to meet the growing need in our region:
- We are working closely with our other providers to secure more food.
- We have a short-term disaster relief account reserved for unexpected emergency situations.
- We have identified many partners that are equipped to receive additional food, and we are collaborating with them to get more food to where it’s needed most.
We feel confident that these steps will meet the short-term need for emergency food. However, the uncertainty of the shutdown leaves many questions surrounding the long-term challenges unanswered. We are committed to taking every step necessary to feed our neighbors in need.
SNAP benefits for February will be distributed early.
Although SNAP benefit distribution is uncertain beyond February, applications are being accepted.
Our partner agencies: The Food Bank distributes food to our member agencies throughout the four counties of western Massachusetts, which consist of food pantries, meal sites, shelters, childcare centers, and other food assistance programs.
Mobile Food Bank: Our Mobile Food Bank delivers a truck full of free fresh and non-perishable groceries directly to a community site for immediate distribution to residents.
Additional resources: information is available for additional support.