SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – For the last 22 years, an army of volunteers has been quietly helping their hungry neighbors here in western Massachusetts, and on Tuesday night, Rachel’s Table said “thank you” during its annual “Volunteer Appreciation” event.
150 volunteer drivers and dispatchers rescue food that would otherwise be considered “food waste.” Six-days per week, the dispatchers call restaurants, grocery stores and bakeries to see what’s available for “rescue” and re-distribution to needy neighbors.
“They’re finding out what they have and then scheduling those who have signed up to drive, and get them to go to the areas and getting them to the recipient agency,” said Rachel’s Table vice president and volunteer Amy Talit Moriarty.
Rachel’s Table serves 40 area shelters, soup kitchens and food pantries, rescuing and distributing hundreds of thousands of pounds of food every year. The organization began its mission out of the Jewish Community Center in Springfield 22-years-ago. 22News has and continues to be a proud partner to Rachel’s Table.
Rachel’s Table also has a growing group of youthful volunteers who raise funds, stage events and teach their peers to help feed their neighbors. The “Youth Board” is considered an important part of Rachel’s Table’s future.
If you’d like to volunteer, you can call Rachel’s Table at 413-733-9165, or visit their website at www.rachelstablespringfield.org/.