Tons of food courtesy of a Big Y Supermarket food drive will soon be delivered to food pantries all over western Massachusetts.
The first of three truckloads each carrying 1,400 cases of food arrived Thursday afternoon at the Hatfield warehouse of the Food Bank of Western Massachusetts.
They contain vegetables, tuna, peanut butter, all purchased by $10.00 donations involving Big Y customers as part of the Big Y Sack Hunger campaign.
The Food Bank’s Chris Wojcik told 22News how desperately this food is needed, “Right now we estimate approximately 225,000 people in the four counties of western Massachusetts don’t know where their next meal is coming from. They rely on the Food Bank of Western Massachusetts.”
According to Wojcik, that troubling statistic translates into one out of eight people living in one of the four counties of western Massachusetts.
“Hunger doesn’t discriminate, it affects children, it affects seniors on a fixed income, it affects adults that have sometimes even two jobs but still struggle to make ends meet,” said Wojcik.
The healthy food contained in this first of four shipments from Big Y Supermarkets won’t spend much time at the food bank, as the deliveries to some 200 food pantries will begin next week.