Food Bank of Western Massachusetts http://wamc.org en Food Bank Network Advocates Needs http://wamc.org/post/food-bank-network-advocates-needs <p><a href="http://www.foodbankwma.org/" target="_blank">The Food Bank of Western Massachusetts</a> is encouraging its member organizations to grab the ears of lawmakers and inform them of their needs.</p> Mon, 13 Jan 2014 23:26:00 +0000 Jim Levulis 81784 at http://wamc.org Food Bank Network Advocates Needs Unemployment Benefits End For Thousands In Western MA http://wamc.org/post/unemployment-benefits-end-thousands-western-ma <p>The end of 2013 also marks the end of benefits for 1.3 million long-term unemployed Americans.</p><p>Checks from the federal government providing aid to those unemployed for more than 30 weeks stopped for nearly 1,000 people in Berkshire County this week. John Barrett is the director of <a href="http://www.berkshireworks.org/" target="_blank">Berkshire Works</a>, an organization that provides career-driven services and unemployment assistance.</p> Mon, 30 Dec 2013 17:50:39 +0000 Jim Levulis 80864 at http://wamc.org Unemployment Benefits End For Thousands In Western MA Senior Enrollment in SNAP Remains Low http://wamc.org/post/senior-enrollment-snap-remains-low <p>A recent event in Pittsfield, Massachusetts aimed to increase the number of seniors enrolled in government funded food assistance.</p> Thu, 26 Sep 2013 16:46:51 +0000 Jim Levulis 74405 at http://wamc.org Senior Enrollment in SNAP Remains Low "Legal Food Frenzy" Aims to Restock Mass. Food Banks http://wamc.org/post/legal-food-frenzy-aims-restock-mass-food-banks <p></p><p>The Massachusetts Attorney General’s office is now encouraging legal organizations across the commonwealth in a food drive that aims to restock the state’s food banks at a time where donations are needed the most.</p><p></p><p>From now until May 10<sup>th</sup>, bar associations, district attorney’s offices, and other legal organizations across Massachusetts are collecting food and monetary donations as part of the 2013 Legal Food Frenzy. The statewide food donation drive is now entering its fourth year. The program is spearheaded by Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley.</p> Fri, 03 May 2013 22:00:00 +0000 Lucas Willard 63843 at http://wamc.org "Legal Food Frenzy" Aims to Restock Mass. Food Banks Massachusetts Funding Collaborative Announces Record Donations http://wamc.org/post/massachusetts-funding-collaborative-announces-record-donations <p>A group of Massachusetts based foundations and corporations have announced millions in donations to help low income people survive the winter.&nbsp;&nbsp; WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill reports.</p><p></p><p></p><p>&nbsp;&nbsp; The statewide funding collaborative, <a href="http://massneeds.org/">MassNeeds</a>, on Tuesday announced that $8.4 million has been raised &nbsp;to help poor people with the basic needs of food, heat and shelter this winter. The money comes from 41 corporate, private and public foundations and will be shared by 150&nbsp; charities .</p> Tue, 04 Dec 2012 23:19:00 +0000 Paul Tuthill 53287 at http://wamc.org Massachusetts Funding Collaborative Announces Record Donations High Food Prices, Short Supply Facing Western Mass. Food Shelters http://wamc.org/post/high-food-prices-short-supply-facing-western-mass-food-shelters <p></p><p></p><p>As the holiday season approaches and cold weather sets in, food pantries in the region will be seeing more visitors. WAMC’s Berkshire Bureau Chief Lucas Willard reports that in Western Massachusetts, demand for services is up, while&nbsp; food supply is low.</p> Thu, 15 Nov 2012 23:00:00 +0000 Lucas Willard 52113 at http://wamc.org High Food Prices, Short Supply Facing Western Mass. Food Shelters Food Pantries Struggle To Meet Summer Demand http://wamc.org/post/food-pantries-struggle-meet-summer-demand <p>Food pantries are in dire straits this summer. Programs that feed the poor are seeing rising demand, less government help and higher prices for food.&nbsp;&nbsp; WAMC&rdquo;s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill reports.</p><p></p><p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; An emergency food pantry in Springfield Massachusetts had to close temporarily for one day last week after its shelves went bare.</p> Wed, 18 Jul 2012 22:30:00 +0000 Paul Tuthill 43429 at http://wamc.org Food Pantries Struggle To Meet Summer Demand