GREENFIELD Mass. (WWLP) – All day Friday, the “Fill the Belly Bus” made strategic stops throughout Franklin County, gathering donated food.
22News caught up with the community food drive on wheels at Foster’s Super Market in Greenfield. Customers were urged to purchase and donate extra food.
Volunteer Jeanne Dodge recalls that as a child she and her 8 brothers and sisters needed this help. “My mother was later able to go to college to support her children, but for several years she needed help. It was most of what we had to eat and she worked very hard to put food on the table in the 60’s.”
Franklin County shoppers were happy to help fill the truck. Rachel Roberts of Greenfield said, “I’m pretty well aware there’s a lot of inequality in the world. I see a lot of people in need in Franklin County. I have a lot of friends working in social services. We were just talking about there was a large house fire right down the street last night, and I’m sure that made many people homeless and in need of assistance.”
Food drive organizers were hoping to collect two tons of grocery items; enough to temporarily help 35 hundred Franklin County families through the end of summer.