“Bag the Community” drive goes a long way to help pantry

SOUTH HADLEY, Mass. (WWLP) – Monday marked the end of South Hadley’s 7th annual community food drive , in which donations were collected from nearly 6,000 residents.

The event is called “Bag the Community”. On Saturday, groups all ages went door-to-door asking residents to fill empty bags with food. Monday, they went back to those homes to collect the bags and bring them back to South Hadley High School.

The halls were absolutely chaotic!  People wheeled in shopping carts of filled bags, where they were sorted by categories. All of the food is donated to Neighbors Helping Neighbors Food Pantry. Committee member Tanya Kopec told 22News the food collected from this event makes up 40% of the food distributed to the community throughout the year.

“The purpose is that everybody can help serve, everybody can help contribute. There’s always a need and everyone can contribute and help each other out,” Kopec said.

South Hadley hosts annual “Bag the Community”

Last year, more than 40,000 pounds of food were collected.  More than 5,000 cans were collected this weekend before the food drive even started!

We won’t know until next week how much was collected this year, but event supervisors expect it will be more than last year.