THE MERRIMACK VALLEY FOOD BANK IS A COMMUNITY-SUPPORTED 501C-3 NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATION THAT PROVIDES NUTRITIOUS FOOD AND PERSONAL CARE ITEMS TO EMERGENCY FEEDING PROGRAMS SERVING THE LOW-INCOME, HOMELESS AND HUNGRY. WE ARE ONE OF FOUR FOOD BANKS IN MASSACHUSETTS THAT SERVES FOOD PANTRIES, SHELTERS AND MEAL PROGRAMS THAT IN TURN, SERVE INDIVIDUALS AND FAMILIES.

   SINCE 1982, THE FOOD BANK OF WESTERN MASSACHUSETTS HAS BEEN FEEDING OUR NEIGHBORS IN NEED AND LEADING THE COMMUNITY TO END HUNGER. WE PROVIDE FOOD TO OUR MEMBERS IN BERKSHIRE, FRANKLIN, HAMPDEN AND HAMPSHIRE COUNTIES. THESE INDEPENDENT PANTRIES,
MEAL SITES AND SHELTERS ARE ON THE FRONT LINES OF EMERGENCY FOOD ASSISTANCE IN OUR REGION, PROVIDING SUSTENANCE TO INDIVIDUALS, FAMILIES, SENIORS, CHILDREN AND PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES (INCLUDING VETERANS) TO LEAD HEALTHY AND MEANINGFUL LIVES.

   WE’RE DEDICATED TO ENGAGING, EDUCATING, AND LEADING WORCESTER COUNTY, MASSACHUSETTS IN CREATING A HUNGER-FREE COMMUNITY – AND WE DO THIS IN TWO WAYS. FIRST, WE PARTNER WITH OTHERS – FOOD AND FUND DONORS, VOLUNTEERS, BUSINESS AND COMMUNITY LEADERS – TO PROVIDE DONATED FOOD TO NEIGHBORS WHO NEED IT. LAST YEAR, WE AND OUR NETWORK OF 115 LOCAL PANTRIES AND COMMUNITY MEAL PROGRAMS HELPED TO DISTRIBUTE NEARLY 6.1 MILLION LBS. OF DONATED FOOD (ENOUGH FOR 5.1 MILLION MEALS!) TO 75,000 PEOPLE FROM ALL 60 CITIES AND TOWNS IN WORCESTER COUNTY.

   THROUGH THE COMPASSION AND COMMITMENT OF OUR SUPPORTERS, STAFF, PARTNERS AND VOLUNTEERS, THE GREATER BOSTON FOOD BANK (GBFB) TAKES A BOLD, INNOVATIVE AND MULTI-PRONGED APPROACH TO ACHIEVE OUR MISSION TO END HUNGER HERE. GBFB IS THE LARGEST HUNGER-RELIEF ORGANIZATION IN NEW ENGLAND AND AMONG THE LARGEST FOOD BANKS IN THE COUNTRY. LAST YEAR, WE DISTRIBUTED 68.5 MILLION POUNDS OF NUTRITIOUS FOOD TO PEOPLE WHO STRUGGLE TO HAVE ENOUGH TO EAT. WE ARE COMMITTED TO INCREASING OUR FOOD DISTRIBUTION TO PROVIDE THREE MEALS A DAY TO EVERY PERSON IN NEED IN EASTERN MASSACHUSETTS WHILE SUPPORTING HEALTHY LIVES AND HEALTHY COMMUNITIES. OUR PROGRESS TOWARD THIS GOAL IS DOCUMENTED BY TOWN ON OUR INTERACTIVE MAP.