Letter: Food pantries need your help, donations

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To the editor:

Thank you for the wonderful article Nov. 6 on the role played by Berkshire Bounty in addressing the ever-growing food insecurity in Berkshire County ("With need rising, Berkshire Bounty's work increasing to solve hunger").

I volunteer at the Wednesday morning (7:30 to 11 a.m.) Food Pantry at South Congregational Church in Pittsfield. When I began four years ago, we averaged 200 patrons on Wednesday mornings (South Congregational also offers a Food Pantry on Wednesday evenings and Thursday mornings). Last Wednesday morning, we had 379 people.

The article states, "At South Congregational Church alone, the kitchen produces 400-500 meals a week." To clarify, on Wednesday morning and Thursday morning, we give out diapers, fresh produce, meat, bread and desserts, canned goods, rice and pasta, books, clothes and housewares. We also serve breakfast on both of those mornings. On Wednesday evening, the church serves a cooked meal to 80-90 people.

At South Congregational, solar panels were recently installed on the roof to help defray the spiraling cost of the large walk-in refrigerator and walk-in freezer that a food pantry of this size requires.

I encourage all Berkshire County residents who are able to consider either volunteering or donating (or both!) to the food pantry of their choice. The need is significant and the satisfaction of doing this work is limitless.

Cindy Haven,

Pittsfield

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