HATFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) - Often times, when you think of the holidays, especially Thanksgiving, food abundance comes to mind. Like mounds of mashed potatoes or how you'll manage eating turkey for a week.
But the Executive Director of the Food Bank of Western Massachusetts says thousands of families in the Valley will experience a shortage of food during the holidays. In Hatfield alone, 10% of people are impacted by hunger.
That's why Stop & Shop partnered with the Food Bank and donated thousands of "flat turkeys". The supermarket dropped off nearly $11,000 worth of gift cards at their Hatfield warehouse Tuesday morning. The cards give families one turkey or a meat of their choice at any Stop & Shop.
Lisa Lessing, store manager at the Belchertown Stop & Shop, told 22News, "Turkeys take up a lot of space so it's easier to just give someone who wants a turkey, a ‘flat turkey' so they can go to the Stop & Shop and pick it up themselves."
Andrew Morehouse, Executive Director for the Food Bank of Western Mass., said, "Food is not abundant for one in eight people in our four-county region of Western Massachusetts. We are seeing that on average, 2,000 people or more a month are going to a pantry for a bag of groceries."
Morehouse says they hope to have enough turkeys for an estimated 7,000 families in the Valley and Berkshire County this Thanksgiving.