HATFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – An alarming number of western Massachusetts families would go hungry if not for the network of 200 pantries helping put food on their table.
The western Massachusetts Food Bank helps keep the pantries stocked with daily necessities for struggling families.
The executive director of the Western Massachusetts Food Bank, Andrew Morehouse, told 22News that 223,000 people in the four western counties need some assistance to keep from going hungry each week.
Morehouse said, the number hasn’t significantly declined since the economic crisis of 2008.
“We’re facing the same number of people that we fed post great recession nine years ago,” Morehouse said. “And that should be very sobering to anyone whose concerned about the plight of many people who don’t know where they are.”
Morehouse explained, a task force has been created to look into the factors that contribute to having so many people needing assistance to put food on their table.
The Food Bank provides help to 200 agencies that distribute food to the thousands of western Massachusetts families who can’t afford to buy enough food to avoid going hungry.