The Food Bank of Western Massachusetts receives $25,000 grant from Bank of America Charitable Foundation

The Food Bank is excited to announce that we have been awarded a $25,000 grant from Bank of America Charitable Foundation t161130_bankofamerica_andrew_news_webo support our mission to feed our neighbors in need and lead the community to end hunger.

“We are very grateful for the strong partnership with Bank of America,” 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.”

The grant award will allow The Food Bank to distribute even more healthy food to their more than 200 member agencies (comprised of food pantries, meal programs, community centers and shelters) in Berkshire, Franklin, Hampden and Hampshire counties. The Food Bank also provides assistance to individuals facing hunger through their direct-to-client feeding programs, including their Mobile Food Bank, and Brown Bag: Food for Elders.

The need for emergency food in our region still persists. Last year, The Food Bank distributed nearly 10 million pounds of food — the equivalent of 8.2 million meals. This was the most ever in our 33-year history. Currently, more than 200,000 people throughout western Massachusetts rely on the services of The Food Bank and its member agencies.