West Springfield Council on Aging to deliver “Stuff the Bus” food donations

Hampden County

WEST SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – The West Springfield Council on Aging (WSCOA) van arrived Tuesday morning at the Parish Cupboard filled to the brim with non-perishable food donated by members of the West Springfield Senior Center.

“They’re unbelievable, our community is just amazing. The Cupboard is so good to us. Dropping off food, supplements,” said Sarah Long, Director of the West Springfield Council on Aging.

The collection came from the month long “Stuff the Bus” food drive event where WSCOA took collections of specific items requested by the Parish Cupboard. The Parish Cupboard, which serves both West Springfield and Agawam, had requested donations of cereal, peanut butter, jelly and more.

Hundreds of West Springfield and Agawam families could go hungry without the Parish Cupboard putting food on their table, and with the pandemic keeping people indoors, many afraid to go grocery shopping, it has only worsened the divide between those who have and those facing a crisis of not having enough food.

“Yes, we would run out, this is giving our Thanksgiving time, this is definitely going to help 100 percent,” said Lorraine Craven, Food Coordinator at the Parish Cupboard.

The food donated by generous senior citizens during all of October will help sustain hundreds of West Springfield and Agawam families through the next few weeks, before the Thanksgiving donation turkeys begin arriving at the Parish Cupboard.

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