Food Bank of Western Massachusetts

New England News
12:49 pm
Sat May 10, 2014

Emergency Food Pantries See Increased Demand

Candace Larger, program director at Open Pantry in Springfield, MA
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The largest one-day food drive in the nation is happening today. Letter carriers across the country are collecting donations of non-perishable foods left by mailboxes or dropped off at post offices.

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New England News
6:26 pm
Mon January 13, 2014

Food Bank Network Advocates Needs

Mary Wheat says the walk-in refrigerator at South Congregational Church in Pittsfield is nearly emptied out after a few hours of providing food to more than 300 families twice a week.
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The Food Bank of Western Massachusetts is encouraging its member organizations to grab the ears of lawmakers and inform them of their needs.

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New England News
12:50 pm
Mon December 30, 2013

Unemployment Benefits End For Thousands In Western MA

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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.

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New England News
12:46 pm
Thu September 26, 2013

Senior Enrollment in SNAP Remains Low

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A recent event in Pittsfield, Massachusetts aimed to increase the number of seniors enrolled in government funded food assistance.

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New England News
6:00 pm
Fri May 3, 2013

"Legal Food Frenzy" Aims to Restock Mass. Food Banks

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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.

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New England News
6:19 pm
Tue December 4, 2012

Massachusetts Funding Collaborative Announces Record Donations

The Friends of the Homeless resource center in Springfield MA
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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 .

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New England News
6:00 pm
Thu November 15, 2012

High Food Prices, Short Supply Facing Western Mass. Food Shelters

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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.

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New England News
6:30 pm
Wed July 18, 2012

Food Pantries Struggle To Meet Summer Demand

The shelves are mostly bare at the Open Pantry Emergency Food Pantry in Springfield MA
WAMC

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.

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