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

310 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 pleased to announce that Backyard Bounty has raised $7,300 to fully cover the costs of constructing a refrigerated storage unit and all other 2018 operating expenses. We raised $3,800 from individual contributions. We also received a $3,500 grant from Berkshire Agricultural Ventures Community Matching Fund. Thank you to all!

Now that the winter weather is behind us (we hope), construction can begin on the storage unit. We will have it up and running well before we start collecting fresh produce from farms in mid-May. The storage unit will be located on the grounds of CHP (Community Health Programs) in Great Barrington.

During the off-season, we established relationships with organizations as far north as North Adams. This gives Backyard Bounty the opportunity to collect and/or deliver fresh produce in an expanded geographic area.

During 2018, Backyard Bounty will be relying on volunteers more than ever! If you want to help and did not sign up last year, click on "Volunteers" on this home page.