LUDLOW, Mass (WWLP) – Randall’s Farm in Ludlow and two Stop & Shops in Springfield hosted food drives to boost donations during the summer, when there’s the biggest shortage.
22News went to these food drives and learned about the western Massachusetts support agency that benefits those most in need.
“Put yourself in the other person’s place and say, you know, I wish someone would think of me if I was in need.”
However, with families on summer vacation, donating foods isn’t usually a priority. “Friends of the Community Survival Center” is one group who became concerned with food donation shortages last year, and decided to organize Saturday’s Fill-A-Truck food drive.
Many people were happy to come out and make a donation. Michael Chandler, a food donor, told 22News, “I’m pretty fortunate that I have a job and that I’m able to put food out on the table for my kids, so I try to help out people who are less fortunate.”
However, even with an afternoon food drive, food banks are in constant need of donations during the summer. The shelves are typically filled over the Christmas time, and now over the summer, they’re pretty much barren. However, it’s important to remember that hunger never goes on a vacation.
One volunteer at Randall’s Farm told 22News that even one can makes a big difference. “It makes a difference between somebody who has 3 meals or 2 meals a day. So whatever you can manage for yourself, it doesn’t have to be a bag full of groceries,” said Gary Bourbeau of Ludlow.
Donating those meals can become a regular habit. Jacqueline Madden of the Community Survival Center gives an easy tip to make donating a routine, “When they see buy one, get two free or buy one, get one free in the grocery store, get that second one, get that third one. Whatever it is and bring it to us. If you’re not going to use it, we will use it.”
The best items to donate are non-perishable, such as canned or boxed foods. Saturday’s food drive is one of many during the summer that is hoping to fill up trucks in order to fill up the shelves.