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Food Bank of Western Massachusetts

Andrew Morehouse, Executive Director of The Food Bank of Western Massachusetts.
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   A study projects a sharp increase in the number of people going hungry in western Massachusetts this year as a result of the economic hardships brought about by the pandemic.

Andrew Morehouse, Executive Director of The Food Bank of Western Massachusetts.
Paul Tuthill / WAMC

The director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warned this week that the next three months will be the most difficult in the public health history of the nation.

Food Bank van and AMR ambulance
Paul Tuthill / WAMC

Food insecurity in western Massachusetts is climbing along with the surge in coronavirus cases.

5/11/20 Panel

May 11, 2020

   The Roundtable Panel: a daily open discussion of issues in the news and beyond.

Today's panelists are WAMC's Alan Chartock, investigative journalist and UAlbany adjunct professor Rosemary Armao and political consultant and lobbyist Libby Post.

We also welcomed, a 9 a.m., Andrew Morehouse, Executive Director of The Food Bank of Western Massachusetts and, at 10 a.m., Mark Quandt, Executive Director at Regional Food Bank of NENY.


As unemployment numbers have surged over the past few weeks, so has demand for social services including emergency food assistance.

As the coronavirus pandemic upends daily life, social service agencies are pressing ahead with their missions while trying to keep their workers and the people they serve at a safe distance.

    The Trump administration Wednesday tightened the work requirements for food stamp benefits.

Federal law has long required immigrants who are seeking permanent resident status to prove they won’t be a burden on taxpayers.

     The directors of the four largest food banks in Massachusetts are calling on Gov. Charlie Baker to develop an emergency backup plan if the federal government shut down continues into February.

  A new multi-media campaign was launched this week in western Massachusetts to highlight the fact that many people in the region face hunger on a daily basis.

The Food Bank of Western Massachusetts has announced a partnership with a community health center on an anti-hunger initiative.

        As the need for emergency food at pantries and meal sites in western Massachusetts continues to grow, a community forum on hunger is taking place this Saturday, October 29th.


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.

Jim Levulis / WAMC

The Food Bank of Western Massachusetts is encouraging its member organizations to grab the ears of lawmakers and inform them of their needs.

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.

Senior Enrollment in SNAP Remains Low

Sep 26, 2013

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

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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.

Friends of the Homeless shelter and resource center in Springfield MA

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.