Food Bank of Western Massachusetts
2006 Local Hero Awardee
The board and staff of the Food Bank of Western Massachusetts are attending to the hungriest among us. They distribute six million pounds of food a year in four counties of western Massachusetts. In 2005, more than 450,000 pounds of that food was fresh produce, most from local farms. The Food Bank gleans excess fruits and vegetables from more than a dozen local farms. During the past two years, we have collaborated to link CISA’s Senior FarmShare program with the Food Bank’s Brown Bag program, which reaches low-income seniors. In addition, Food Bank nutritionists have led workshops and cooking demonstrations at urban farmers’ markets for CISA’s Farm2City program.