With holidays over, food pantries, soup kitchens need donations

Food and monetary donations plummet after holidays end

CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) – Early January is a critical time for thousands of needy western Massachusetts families. Typically after the first day of the year, donations dry up at food panties like Lorraine’s Soup Kitchen in Chicopee.

Executive Director Andrea Marion told 22News that donated food is becoming scarce and her agency is the sole source of food for some families. “It breaks my heart to have to say ‘I’m sorry,” but unless we get the funding to purchase the food we just don’t have it.”

Andrea Marion Said even a small donation creates enormous purchasing power. The $1 we pay for a can of vegetables at the supermarket buys ten pounds of meat from the Food Bank of Western Massachusetts.