HATFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Hunger is a persistent problem across the country but it has been particularly powerful under the COVID-19 pandemic.
22News is working for you this week by partnering with the Food Bank of Western Massachusetts for a fundraiser to help make sure they can continue to pursue their mission to end local hunger, which has been worsened by this pandemic.
Jillian Morgan, the Corporate Relations Officer for the Food Bank talked to 22News Wednesday morning about their increasingly relied-upon service.
You can watch the full interview in the video below.
The Exective Director of the Food Bank of western Massachusetts, Andrew Morehouse, told 22News that many have lost their jobs because of businesses having to cut back or close from the COVID-19 pandemic. They are seeing more of the elderly, children, and veterans this past year.
“Unfortunately the numbers have been ticking up over the course of the year. Towards the end of last year, we were providing and still providing food assistance to 115,000 individual every month,” said Morehouse.
Ways to donate:
- Make a donation online
- Text ‘NEED’ to 44-321
- Or mail checks to:
- The Food Bank of Western Massachusetts
- PO Box 160 Hatfield, MA 01038
- Attn: Development Department
- Memo line: Feed Our Neighbors
For every one dollar donated, the Food Bank is able to provide four meals to people right here in our community. Together, we can feed our neighbors and build a stronger community.