With the help of volunteers, Backyard Bounty of the Berkshires has collected and donated

12,845 pounds

of fruit and vegetables during 2019, and

33,048 pounds
in 2018
8,296 pounds
in 2017

Thank you to all!

Backyard Bounty of the Berkshires

…harvesting food for those in need


The growing season is over and winter is upon us. As we reflect on the year past, we are gratified that Backyard Bounty had a spectacular second year of operation, with the following highlights:

- Working with a dedicated group of volunteers, we collected over 33,000 pounds of fruit and vegetables during 2018, versus 8,000 pounds in 2017.

- We established productive relationships with Big Y and Price Chopper in Great Barrington, as well as adding Guido's in Pittsfield late in the summer, all of whom are regularly donating significant amounts of fresh produce.

- Our newly constructed refrigerated storage unit helped us greatly in managing collections and deliveries.

- We implemented a new strategy of using fewer but larger growers and distributors, which markedly improved our efficiency.

- Our financial condition is strong, bolstered by an inflow of $8,800 from two grants and 16 individual donations during 2018.

- A recent $1,000 grant from Jewish Women's Foundation gives us adequate funds to carry the operation through the 2019 season.

We’ll spend the winter planning for and looking ahead to 2019. In the meantime, we’ve become a year-round operation, as we will continue to collect produce from the supermarkets during the winter. As we do that, one of our key goals will be to attract more volunteers who would agree to be “regulars” during the summer and/or the winter.

Thanks to all of the growers, volunteers, distributors, donors, and grantors that have made our growth possible.

Jay & Mark