Food Bank of Western Massachusetts

Since 1982, The Food Bank of Western Massachusetts has been feeding its neighbors in need and leading the community to end hunger. They provide food to 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.

In addition to food distribution, The Food Bank of Western Massachusetts also serves as an important resource to all of our members to help strengthen the emergency food network, increase their capacity, and develop long-term solutions to the underlying causes of hunger in Western Massachusetts communities.

To “Feed our Neighbors in Need” — the first part of The Food Bank of Western Massachusetts’ mission statement –It distributes healthy food that comes from a number of different sources, including the state government (MEFAP), the federal government (TEFAP), local farms, our own Food Bank farms, retail and wholesale food businesses, community organizations, and individual donations.

Once received and processed, the food is distributed to its members, or through its own direct-to-client programs (Mobile Food Bank and Brown Bag: Food for Elders).

The Food Bank of Western Massachusetts is a proud member of Feeding America, a national network of more than 200 food banks.

Please check our find a food pantry or free meal during COVID-19 crisis web page for updated information about where to access emergency food in western Massachusetts.

The Food Bank of Western Massachusetts distributes a variety of food to their member agencies throughout western Massachusetts, which consist of food pantries, meal sites, shelters, childcare centers, and other food assistance programs. These agencies serve as front-line providers of food assistance, providing emergency food directly to our neighbors in need. Use the locator tool below to locate a program near you.