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

6,040 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.


Since only the beginning of July, we have collected over 6,000 pounds of fresh fruit and vegetables! And with apple picking in full swing, we expect that number to grow a lot. We have a full schedule of gleanings in the upcoming days, and the end of this season is in sight. Please sign up for one or more of our last 4-5 gleanings for 2017 (including this Saturday). Our greatest challenge has been finding places to bring our apples, and transporting the fruit. After much research and cold calling, we now have over 15 food pantries, churches and other organizations that accept our fruit deliveries. We're all doing work that is making a difference! Thanks for your ongoing help./p>