HATFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – The Food Bank of Western Massachusetts and the Antonacci Family Foundation announce donations will be distributed to local communities in Hatfield Wednesday.
In a news release sent to 22News, the Food Bank has raised over $250,000 since the beginning of a virtual food drive held by the Millions of Meals campaign. With this incredible donation, the Food Bank is able to provide one million meals to food-insecure families across the region.
“We are so proud officially reach this one million meal milestone and to be able to support the communities of Northampton, Amherst, Easthampton, South Hadley, Hadley, and Hatfield through our Initiative. The COVID-19 pandemic has made clear that food insecurity knows no geographic or demographic boundaries and so we felt it was critical to support The Food Bank of Western Massachusetts partners in urban, suburban, and rural communities alike.”Frank M. Antonacci, COO of USA Waste & Recycling and spokesperson for the Foundation
The foundation kicked off in May to highlight the issue of food insecurity through western Massachusetts during the COVID-19 pandemic.
“We live in a community that is very caring for its neighbors and continues to step up to help each other and we thought that would happen again and it has,” said Antonacci.
From March through April, the Food Bank distributed 19% more emergency food than it distributed at this time in 2019. Demand for food assistance in the region continues to increase because temporary food shortages have caused grocery store donations to drop.
The region’s network of 175 local food pantries, meal sites and The Food Bank are serving about 20% more people.
“This kind of outpouring of corporate support and family support and community support that enables us to caring out our mission and provide healthy food to the most vulnerable people and households in our community.”Andrew Morehouse, Executive Director, Food Bank of western Massachusetts
The following communities will be receiving meals:
- South Hadley
The grants received will also be used to support The Food Bank’s emergency food network partners in those communities and will also support The Food Bank’s own Brown Bag Food for Elders located in 21 sites in Hampshire and Franklin Counties.