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

31,439 pounds

of fruit and vegetables during 2018, and

8,296 pounds

during 2017.
Thank you to all!

Backyard Bounty of the Berkshires

…harvesting food for those in need


The growing season is over, and we’ve gleaned our last apples. Winter is upon us, and we can reflect on the year past. Backyard Bounty had a spectacular second year of operation, with the following highlights:

- We and our volunteers collected over 28,000 pounds of fruit and vegetables in 2018 to date, versus 8,000 pounds 2017.

- We established very productive relationships with two supermarkets in Great Barrington -- Big Y & Price Chopper, and recently added Guido's in Pittsfield to those who will donate 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 this year.

- 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 or the winter.

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

Jay & Mark