Study: Food Bank of Western Massachusetts among the best in the U.S.

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The Food Bank of Western Massachusetts ranks ninth in the country, according to a study by the financial analysis website 24/7 Wall St.

They did a study on the 40 Best Food Banks in America. and found that the Hatfield-based food bank ranks ninth in the country.

The study considered accountability and transparency and the financial health of each organization.

Although it’s a relatively small food bank, the Food Bank of Western Massachusetts feeds more than 200,000 people every year, which equals about 9.5 million meals. The Food Bank appreciates the recognition.

“It’s just an affirmation that we’re all very committed to what we do,” Executive Director Andrew Morehouse told 22News. “Our staff, our board of directors, our volunteers and of course donors of all kinds. Donors of food and funds, whether they be individuals or businesses.”

According to the United States Department of Agriculture, more than 40 million people lived in food-insecure households in 2017, meaning that they were uncertain of having—or unable to acquire—enough food.

The Food Bank of Western Massachusetts continues to help feed those in need.

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