South Hadley community collecting food donations for local pantry

Hampshire County

The South Hadley community was busy this Martin Luther King Day, making sure no one goes hungry.

Even though school was not in session on Monday, hundreds of volunteers were at South Hadley High School putting thousands of food items into boxes.

The food came from the South Hadley community. Volunteers dropped off bags to residents’ homes over the weekend, which were then filled with non-perishable food items.

On Monday, those food items were boxed and delivered to Neighbors Helping Neighbors Food Pantry in Holyoke. Despite the bitter cold, the turnout was more than organizers could have asked for.

“Today, because of the temperature, we were not expecting a good turnout of volunteers,” coordinator Susan Brouillette told 22News. “That includes adults in the community with trucks and heavy vehicles that just showed up and said ‘How can I help.'”

The food that goes to the Neighbors Helping Neighbors Food Pantry makes up about 35 percent of the food distributed to the community throughout the year.

They are expected to donate about 20,000 pounds of food in total on Monday.

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