HATFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – An Ocean State Job Lot truck made a big delivery in Hampshire County Tuesday morning, but this tractor trailer wasn’t filled with merchandise for the popular chain of discount stores; it was packed with food for hungry people in our area.
The truck that arrived at the Food Bank of Western Massachusetts in Hatfield was just one of seven tractor trailers bound for food banks spread out across New England and New York.
The truckload of General Mills food was made possible by the donations of Ocean State Job Lot customers, who made contributions at the checkout during the holiday season. Job Lot then financially matched those donations and bought the food.
Megan Pete, a spokesperson for the Food Bank of Western Massachusetts, told 22News that the donation doesn’t just help those families that will ultimately receive the food, but it also shows how businesses and organizations cam come together to fight hunger.
“Without these types of organizations and companies being committed to an issue that clearly is so desperate in our areas, we wouldn’t be able to do what we do. So we’re grateful for this partnership and this opportunity to showcase just how much we can all just truly make a difference,” Pete said.
In total, some 30,000 lbs. of food, costing about $4.2 million left Job Lot’s Rhode Island distribution center Tuesday morning. Some of the items included in the trucks are mashed potatoes, pasta, and soup.