NORTHAMPTON, Mass. (WWLP) – Food pantries across western Massachusetts have seen an increased need for food during the pandemic due to more people using their services.
To help the Three County Fairgrounds in Northampton organized a food drive Saturday for local food pantries.
“We were discussing ways and opportunities we could help out during what’s going on,” James Przypek, general manager of the fairgrounds told 22News. “Obviously we are challenged ourselves, but so many more people are going through a lot more than we are.”
The food drive was created to help communities in need during the Covid-19 pandemic through the collection of non-perishable items. The organizers asked people to deliver the items in their vehicles in disposable bags or boxes by driving through the arena building where volunteers wearing protective equipment would receive the donations and then sort them.
Every car that donated non-perishable items received a free ticket to the 2020 Three County Fair which they’re still hoping will happen from September 4 to 7.
“We have been the beneficiary of 202 years of the community supporting us. Every Labor Day weekend, we conduct our agricultural fair and folks come out from all over to come support us and it’s time to give back,” Przypek continued.
The donated food is going to local food pantries in each county including Greenfield Salvation Army, Lorraine’s Soup Kitchen in Chicopee, East Hampton Community Center and the Northampton Survival Center.