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

8,296 pounds

of fruit and vegetables during 2017.
Thank you to all!

Backyard Bounty of the Berkshires

…harvesting food for those in need

There is a hidden but significant hunger problem in Berkshire County. One out of four people in Berkshire County and all of Western Massachusetts suffer food insecurity to some extent, either currently hungry or at risk of being hungry! Backyard Bounty of the Berkshires is a community-based project that supplies food to people in need by gathering and distributing ripe, fresh vegetables and fruit from Berkshire farms and local residents' backyards -- food that would otherwise go to waste, and delivering it to food distribution sites such as food pantries.


Happy New Year to all!!! Doesn't it seem like 2017 is already a distant memory? Over the past few months we've been hard at work trying to expand our capabilities for 2018 by creating a refrigerated storage space for produce that we collect. This will allow us to gather and deliver more fresh produce during 2018 than last year. We've got a design for a storage unit suited to our needs, a person ready to build it to our specifications, and permission to site it at WIC (Women, Infants & Children) in Great Barrington. We've started a campaign to raise the estimated $5,000 - $6,000 construction cost. Backyard Bounty volunteers and other generous Berkshire residents have already pledged over $4,000 toward our goal. THANK YOU! If you haven't done so already, please help us by making a donation through this website (via the DONATE button on the home page) or by mailing a check payable to Backyard Bounty of the Berkshires to Mark Lefenfeld, 33 Commonwealth Avenue, Great Barrington, MA, 01230. Thank you in advance! And we'll continue to report our progress in fundraising and construction as events unfold. p>