Family Volunteer Event Helps to Close the Summer Meal Gap!

Summer Family Volunteer Event at The Food Bank of Western Massachusetts
Tuesday, July 1 from 12noon –  4pm

You can help close this “Summer Meal Gap” for working families in Western Massachusetts by bringing your family to The Food Bank’s Summer Family Volunteer Event on Tuesday, July 1 from 12noon-4pm in Hatfield, MA. Everyone is welcomed.

Without school meals, grocery budgets are stretched to the brink, and many parents find it difficult to replace the two to three free meals they receive five days a week during the school year. Nearly half of the families must make tough choices between paying for food and paying for utilities, fuel, rent, mortgage or medical care, because they don’t have enough money to meet all these basic needs.

How important are school meals to kids in our area?

  • 1 out of 5 children in Western Massachusetts are classified as “Food Insecure.”
  • More than 365,000 children (nearly 2/5 of Massachusetts students) receive free or reduced meals in school.
  • Families that rely on school feeding programs must provide an additional 10 meals per child for each week of summer!

You Can Help

You can help close this “Summer Meal Gap” for working families in Western Massachusetts by bringing your family to The Food Bank’s Summer Family Volunteer Event. Together, we will:

  • Sort and prepare fresh produce donations for distribution to families at risk of hunger.
  • Tour The Food Bank of Western Massachusetts and learn how we support struggling families in our region.
  • Meet other like-minded community members working to end hunger.

Everyone is Welcome

  • Adults of all ages!
  • Children under 16 (accompanied by an adult)
  • Youth 16 + (may attend unaccompanied by an adult)

Make Your Reservations Now

  • Families or individuals may reserve spots for this event by emailing Jerod Shuford at jerods@foodbankwma.org or call 413-247-9738, ext. 114.
  • Due to strict regulations in The Food Bank warehouse, attendance must be limited to 30 participants.

We can’t do it without you

Hilltown Families thanks your family for your support in helping our neighbors in need during this critical time of the year. Your continued support allows The Food Bank of Western Massachusetts to provide the services our community!

For more ways to get involved and to learn about food security, visit these links on Hilltown Families:

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