NORTHAMPTON, Mass. (WWLP) – The Food Bank of Western Massachusetts serves 15-thousand local residents every week. For the volunteers, Thanksgiving is all about making the holiday a little easier for their community.
On Monday, Stop and Shop donated more than $10-thousand in gift cards that will be used to cover the costs of Thanksgiving meals. Megan Pete, a spokesperson from the Food Bank, explained why donations this time of year are so beneficial.
Pete said, “During the holiday season especially when the temperatures begin to dip, people who were already struggling a little bit or who were able to make ends meet, during the holidays and during cold weather are already stretched more than they were before.”
The Food Bank of Western Massachusetts teams up with 200 local shelters to serve all 4 counties in the area. More than 70 percent of households they serve are ‘food insecure,’ which means they struggle to put dinner on the table every night.