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Berkshire Food Pantries Recieve $1000 Grants

By Lucas Willard


Pittsfield, MA – $23,000 dollars is the total amount being given to local food shelters by the Berkshire Bank Foundation and Berkshire Bank Foundation - Legacy Region. Peter Lafayette, executive director of both foundations, says that the goal of the grants was to make a big difference for low income families.

With the job market still in the tank, many families this winter will be relying on their local food pantries. And with increased demand comes a heavier burden on Berkshire County's non-profits. Lafayette explains

The grants, announced just in time for Thanksgiving, will help significantly with the increased demand for food as it gets colder outside. But food shelters are seeing more than just their typical families. The impact of Hurricane Irene has also brought new faces to many of the areas food pantries. Carol DeMayo of the Williamstown Food Pantry explains

The money will help feed families in Western Massachusetts throughout the Holiday season.