MA Question 3 Roundup

Nov 3 2016
At CISA, we’ve been following the debate around Ballot Question #3 with great interest. The proposed change to the rules around animal confinement would impact the practices and livelihood of one farm family in the state, and it would prohibit the sale of eggs and meat from animals that have been confined.
Our work [continue reading]

Nutrition program teaches that healthier eating is within reach

Apr 6 2015

Assistant Nutrition Coordinator Laura Fries leads a microwave cooking demo for homeless families residing in the Holyoke Hotel
Hunger is not just about lack of food. It’s also about lack of nutritious food. Here at The Food Bank, our dedicated Nutrition department addresses the connection between food and health by leading [continue reading]

Creative Rural Urban Alliances Webinar

Mar 16 2015
Last week, we shared information about Art of the Rural collaborations that address both rural and urban communities alongside staff from the Rural Policy Research Institute and M12… [continue reading]

New SNAP system leading to more problems for those seeking assistance

Mar 6 2015

Ellen Vollinger of FRAC (left) and Patricia Baker of MLRI (right) led a meeting of the Massachusetts SNAP Coalition held at The Food Bank on February 13th to address the recent challenges faced with the DTA’s SNAP application system
Since this past October, the state of Massachusetts has seen an exceptionally sharp [continue reading]

Local senior grows fresh vegetables to feed those in need

Oct 20 2014

Elske Smith has donated 150 pounds of fresh produce grown in her garden this season

Elske Smith is proof that you don’t need to be a farmer by profession to provide fresh produce to our neighbors in need in Western Massachusetts. Elske is a senior living at Kimball Farms Life [continue reading]

BJ’s Charitable Foundation Grant helps The Food Bank turn a cold shoulder to hunger in Western Mass.

Sep 24 2014

The Food Bank of Western Massachusetts is proud to announce that we are one of 30 food banks to be awarded grants this September from BJ’s Charitable Foundation. The foundation is distributing grants in celebration of BJ’s Wholesale Club’s 30th anniversary. As a member of the Feeding America network, The Food Bank is [continue reading]

Volunteers give their all to help feed local community

Sep 19 2014

Mikee’s hard work and dedication earned him the Newcomer of the Year Award at our Volunteer Appreciation Picnic
Volunteers are essential to The Food Bank’s mission to feed our neighbors in need and lead the community to end hunger. Without the hard work and dedication of our volunteers, we wouldn’t be [continue reading]

Nutrition team engages the community to teach families healthy eating habits

Mar 4 2014
by Diane Alpern RD, LDN, Food Bank Nutrition Coordinator

Nutrition Coordinator Diane Alpern visits Lorraine’s Soup Kitchen & Pantry in Chicopee to provide a healthy food sampling and some helpful cooking tips.
In a recent government study, it was reported that researchers found that obesity among children ages [continue reading]

Reflections on Diversity and Inclusion in Western Massachusetts

Feb 19 2014
by Andrew Morehouse, Executive Director

Andrew Morehouse, Executive Director of The Food Bank of Western Massachusetts, at the PVGrows Forum. (Photo by Will Szal)
Recently, I had the good fortune of participating in a two-day intensive “Undoing Racism” workshop hosted by a local group of the same name [continue reading]

The Food Bank of Western Massachusetts inducted into Hall of Fame

Feb 7 2014

State Senator James Welch joined representatives from our Hampden County member agencies to discuss effective advocacy opportunities during one of The Food Bank’s recent advocacy training workshops.
The Food Bank of Western Massachusetts is proud to announce that, in January, we were inducted into the Feeding America Advocacy Hall of Fame. [continue reading]

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