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

11,065 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 local farms, property owners and supermarkets. We then deliver that produce to pantries, senior centers and other food distribution sites in South County and Pittsfield.

BACKYARD BOUNTY UPDATE: JULY 30, 2018

We're way ahead of last year's pace and expect the amount of excess produce collected and delivered during all of 2018 to be at least twice the amount collected and delivered during 2017.

Our refrigerated storage unit is up and running on the CHP/WIC campus in Great Barrington! Thanks to everyone who donated time and/or money to this project. An appreciative shout-out goes out to our 14 individual donors, to Berkshire Agricultural Ventures, which generously provided a grant that covered a material portion of the shed's construction cost, and to CHP/WIC for allowing us to put the shed on their property. We also appreciate the work of Arne Waldstein, who built the shed, Wilkinson Construction for providing the stones under the shed, and electrician Mike Bertelli.

We're beginning the process of visiting property owners' fruit trees, in anticipation of starting to pick fruit in late August and continuing through mid-October. Once we schedule these gleanings, volunteers will be asked to register themselves on this website for dates that fit their calendar.

Our need for volunteers willing to regularly collect and distribute fresh produce continues. We currently do pick-ups and deliveries on Tuesdays (8:45 - 10:45am), Thursdays (8:45 - 10:00am), and Saturdays (12:30 - 2:00pm). If you are available and interested, please contact Jay and Mark at backbo2016@gmail.com.