The end of 2013 also marks the end of benefits for 1.3 million long-term unemployed Americans.
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 Berkshire Works, an organization that provides career-driven services and unemployment assistance.
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.
From now until May 10th, 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.
A group of Massachusetts based foundations and corporations have announced millions in donations to help low income people survive the winter. WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill reports.
The statewide funding collaborative, MassNeeds, on Tuesday announced that $8.4 million has been raised 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 charities .
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 food supply is low.
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. WAMC”s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill reports.
An emergency food pantry in Springfield Massachusetts had to close temporarily for one day last week after its shelves went bare.