Food bank draws awareness to hunger

Families in need have reportedly doubled in the past five years

HATFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Thursday was Hunger Action Day in Western Massachusetts.

The staff at the regional food bank in Hatfield wore orange shirts today, the color representing hunger. They hope to call attention to the estimated two-hundred-thousand western Massachusetts residents who can’t afford to buy the food they need.

The food bank helps three hundred western Massachusetts agencies including the Northampton Survival Center.

John Degnan, a volunteer at the Northampton Survival Center told 22News, “We’re picking up about four thousand pounds of food just today, and we do that three days a week here, plus donations from local food stores and restaurants so there’s a real need.”

The number of families in need has reportedly doubled during the past five years.

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