The Food Bank Annual Report
Fiscal Year 2018
October 1, 2017 – September 30, 2018
The Food Bank of Western Massachusetts has published our annual report with our lists of donors online. This digital format reduces our environmental impact and printing and mailing costs, so that we can distribute more healthy food throughout the region. Thank you to all of our donors who continue to support our mission. We are honored to count you as a partner in our effort to feed our neighbors in need and lead the community to end hunger.
From the Executive Director
Life is a daily struggle for households uncertain how, when and where they will get their next meal. We recognize the numerous challenges these households encounter whether caring for children or grandchildren and getting them to school or daycare, figuring out transportation for the day, searching for or going to work and attending college. And, it doesn’t stop there… medical or other appointments to seek basic needs assistance, making trips to the supermarket and pharmacy… and, often, to the senior center, local food pantry or a meal site… for food!
At The Food Bank, we are busy every day making sure we do everything in our power to provide healthy food to those who need food assistance. In this report, you will read about some of the different ways we provide sustenance to the most vulnerable in our communities — children, elders, people with disabilities, veterans and working families.
We embrace many solutions from delivering food to elders and children, assisting households to apply for SNAP benefits, and educating people on how to prepare healthy meals on a budget. We also know we must continue to educate the public about hunger, advocate for effective public policy, forge innovative community partnerships and invest in the local farm economy. There are many solutions to prevent hunger in the short term and many more solutions to end hunger in the long term.
Our daily impact on the lives of thousands of people across all four counties is possible because you invest in our mission. We collaborate with so many stakeholders from donors of food and funds, volunteers, our vast network of local feeding partners, municipal, state and federal public officials and dozens of other community partners so that households at risk of hunger not only survive, but also rekindle the hope to thrive.
We are so grateful to you for your compassion and commitment to those who are less fortunate. Together, we can create a western Massachusetts where no one goes hungry and everyone has access to nutritious food.
Andrew Morehouse Jacqueline Charron
Executive Director President, Board of Directors
On a daily Basis...
The Food Bank of Western Massachusetts works hard to feed our neighbors in need and lead the community to end hunger. Our impact is felt— both directly and indirectly — by 225,000 individuals struggling to make ends meet. On any given day, our dedicated staff are dispersed throughout the region, ensuring that everyone has access to healthy food, regardless of their circumstances.
Our Mobile Food Bank provides nutritious food directly to lower-income communities. Thanks to the support of Stop & Shop Family Foundation, the program has expanded to 23 locations in all four counties in western Mass. More than 26,000 individuals received the equivalent of 1.5 million meals, mostly fresh vegetables.
Our Brown Bag: Food for Elders provided a free monthly bag of healthy groceries to seniors. This reliable source of healthy food for 7,135 people includes food specifically selected to meet seniors’ dietary needs.
Collaboration with our member agencies provided 7.5 million meals through food pantries, meal sites, shelters, and other food assistance programs in the emergency food network.
Our SNAP Outreach team assisted 1,000+ food insecure households to apply for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.
Our Nutrition Education team presented a variety of workshops to 3,777 people to learn healthier eating and shopping habits. They provided clients with the knowledge to make healthy choices.
We worked to expand the Breakfast in the Classroom program to high-needs schools throughout the region. We assisted them through the application process, and helped ensure its smooth implementation.
We led the community to advocate for policy change and empowered our partners to bring issues of hunger to the forefront. We continuously engaged our elected officials to encourage legislation which ensures everyone has access to healthy food.
Food Bank Donors
Thank you to all of our donors who continue to support our mission. We are honored to count you as a partner in our effort to feed our neighbors in need and lead the community to end hunger.
The Food Bank of Western Massachusetts is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. As a gold-level GuideStar participant, we demonstrate our commitment to transparency. Check our GuideStar profile for more financial information, including our IRS Form 990.
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