Local food donors need your help

GREENFIELD, Mass. (WWLP)- September is Hunger Action Month and local food donors are looking for help.

Megan Pete the Director of Development and Marketing for the Food Bank of western Massachusetts told 22News, “The need continues to grow; we have over 200,000 individuals who are relying on us today and that’s a number that’s more than doubled in the past five years.”

“People are hungry they need to eat, we need more volunteers,” Linda Milewski, a volunteer at the Food Bank for about 12 years said.

Food that goes to the Food Bank in Hatfield gets shipped to about 300 food pantries and meal sites across western Massachusetts.

The Food Bank delivers about 2 tons of food twice a week to the Center for Self Reliance in Greenfield.  The center also receives a several hundred pounds of food from local grocers and farmers.

Dino Schnelle, the Center for Self Reliance Food Pantry Coordinator said, “Hunger is with us all year round its not just around the holidays its not just in the summer when the school meals programs are over. It’s with us constantly.”

Just last month the Center for Self-Reliance, which is a part of Community Action, fed 650 families and gave out about 12 tons of food to 1300 people.

The contributions make a difference to those that are in need.

“Good community, you know they really help and everything, that’s nice,”Felipe Izisaac, of Greenfield said.

Nancy Laprade, of Greenfield said, “”Greatly appreciated. I mean if I had a couple of dollars or whatever you know I would give it to them.”

At the Center of Self Reliance, every dollar you donate is worth about four dollars when they purchase food.

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