The Food Bank of Western Massachusetts opened its first Mobile Food Bank in Franklin County Wednesday.
According to Spokesperson for the Food Bank of western Massachusetts Chris Wojcik, the Mobile Food Bank in Greenfield is funded by a $125,000 grant from the Stop & Shop Foundation.
The Food Bank said many families struggle to feed their children in the summer because they stop getting access to meals at school.
Hundreds of people came to the opening day of the Mobile Food Bank at the Oak Courts apartment complex in Greenfield. The Mobile Food Bank is designed to provide families in need access to fresh foods and non-perishable items once a month.
Regular distribution will take place at the apartments during the second Wednesday of each month.
“We think this is really really critical because we know kids who are well-fed will do better in school and they will be healthier and their whole lives are ahead of them,” said Andrew Morehouse, executive director of the Food Bank of Western Massachusetts.
Morehouse said most of the fresh fruits and vegetables at the Mobile Food Bank come straight from local farms. Those include Kale, squash, beets, and lettuce.
The Greenfield Mobile Food Bank will be available to residents on the second Wednesday of each month. It will deliver free, fresh food and non-perishable groceries from the Food Bank’s warehouse directly to a community site for distribution.
The program currently reaches 21 under-served communities throughout western Massachusetts that don’t have access to healthy food.