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924 items replenish Northfield Food Pantry, thanks to annual student food drive
11-22-2023 9:52 AM


NORTHFIELD — In what has become a time-honored tradition, Northfield Elementary School students formed a human assembly line and passed along jars of peanut butter, pasta sauce and other nonperishables during the annual food drive on Tuesday.Led by...

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North Quabbin Food-A-Thon marks 20th year
05-13-2024 3:43 PM


ATHOL — Residents can expect to see volunteers on the street collecting donations in pickle jars and to hear the 12-hour North Quabbin Food-A-Thon on the air to help combat a growing need.The fundraiser and food collection drive, now in its 20th year,...

Salvation Army of Greenfield raises over $5K for meals program
04-30-2024 11:33 AM

GREENFIELD — The Salvation Army of Greenfield raised more than $5,000 on Friday during its “Fill the Plate” fundraising dinner.On a monthly basis, The Salvation Army of Greenfield distributes more than 800 meals to residents who struggle with food...

‘Hunger is something we can solve’: Annual march raises $458K for Food Bank of Western Massachusetts
11-21-2023 7:37 PM


GREENFIELD — Two days and 43 miles of walking later, more than $450,000 has been raised for the Food Bank of Western Massachusetts — a number that translates to roughly 1.5 million meals for people in need, according to Executive Director Andrew...

‘It’s become a belief here’: In eighth year, Conway students back food bank fundraiser
11-21-2023 11:08 AM


CONWAY — With signs held high and loud chants, Conway Grammar School’s eighth annual mini Monte’s March signaled another year of thousands of dollars being raised for the Food Bank of Western Massachusetts.The elementary school’s march coincides each...

Different name, same mission: Belmonte back with annual march against hunger
11-16-2023 6:21 PM


Don’t worry, radio personality Christopher “Monte” Belmonte will still push a shopping cart 43 miles from Springfield to Greenfield to raise money to combat food insecurity. The journey will simply have a different name.This year marks the first March...

Charting state’s course toward food security: Special agriculture panel focuses on bolstering food banks
11-16-2023 5:55 PM


NORTHAMPTON — While extremist Republicans in Congress are trying to gut programs that provide food to those in need, Massachusetts could become the first state to end hunger, U.S. Rep. Jim McGovern told a special state commission on agriculture on...

Food caucus outlines goals: Legislation focuses on food access, farmland and economic development
07-25-2023 4:32 PM


BOSTON — Food access and insecurity, farmland and economic development top the list of priorities for the current legislative session for the Food System Caucus, one of the largest caucuses in the Massachusetts Legislature that’s co-chaired by Sen....

Atlas Farm expanding Mobile Market stops to combat food insecurity
06-08-2023 5:11 PM


SOUTH DEERFIELD — In an effort to combat food insecurity throughout the Pioneer Valley, Atlas Farm has more than doubled the number of stops its traveling produce shop will make in Franklin County this season.Atlas Farm’s Mobile Market, housed inside...

McGovern bill would increase federal reimbursement for school meals
03-12-2023 2:01 PM


WASHINGTON — With new legislation, U.S. Rep. James McGovern (D-MA) hopes to permanently increase the federal reimbursement for school meals.“This is one piece of the puzzle, but it is an important piece,” McGovern said in a phone interview. His bill,...

Rachel’s Table, now part of Jewish Federation, becoming independent nonprofit
03-03-2023 1:17 PM


SPRINGFIELD — After 30 years under the Jewish Federation of Western Massachusetts’ umbrella, the food rescue nonprofit Rachel’s Table will become its own standalone organization this summer.The separation will give Rachel’s Table full fiscal,...

$280M to boost food aid, shelter programs
03-02-2023 4:35 PM


The state House of Representatives on Wednesday unanimously approved injecting more than $280 million into emergency shelter, school meals and food aid programs on the verge of running out of capacity or money.And with the governor already making a...

Thousands in Mass. facing end to elevated food aid
02-14-2023 6:27 PM


BOSTON — Residents all over Massachusetts are scheduled to absorb a significant decrease in food assistance aid in just over two weeks, with more than 630,000 households facing a loss of about a third of what they have received in SNAP benefits over...

State Legislature’s Food Caucus gearing up for push to fight hunger
01-26-2023 6:20 PM


The Legislature’s Food System Caucus is getting ready to “fight like hell” for its priorities, Co-Chair Sen. Jo Comerford said Wednesday, and another caucus leader said money to combat hunger can be realized by the savings it will create elsewhere in...

Franklin County Community Meals Program seeks new executive director
01-11-2023 2:14 PM


As Executive Director Rachel Berggren prepares for her exit, the Franklin County Community Meals Program is actively searching for someone to fill her shoes. “It’s a great opportunity for someone to come and learn about getting their hands dirty in...

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