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

0 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

There is a hidden but significant hunger problem in Berkshire County. One out of four people in Berkshire County and all of Western Massachusetts suffers or is at risk of suffering food insecurity! 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 that produce to pantries, senior centers and other food distribution sites.


We are hard at work getting ready for the 2018 growing season. We are particularly excited about our plans to construct a refrigerated storage unit which will allow us to gather and deliver more fresh produce during 2018 than last year. We've completed the design of a storage unit that meets our needs. We've lined up someone to build it to our specifications, and we have permission to place it at WIC/CHP (Women, Infants & Children/Community Health Programs) in Great Barrington.

We started a fundraising campaign in early January to help cover the estimated $5-$6,000 construction cost. Backyard Bounty volunteers and other generous Berkshire residents have already contributed approximately $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.

We will continue to provide updates on new developments as we get closer to the start of our season during May, 2018.