Greater Westfield Chamber of Commerce

BERKSHIRE BANK COLLECTS NEARLY 9,000 POUNDS OF FOOD

Food Items Benefit Over Fifty Local Food Pantries

PITTSFIELD, MA, October 5, 2011 – Berkshire Bank announced today that it collected nearly 9,000 pounds of food to support more than 50 local food pantries as part of its 4th annual company-wide food drive. The drive ran from September 12 through the 23 in connection with National Hunger Action Month. Both employees and customers donated non-perishable food items in support of this effort. Each Berkshire Bank office teamed up with a local food pantry or food bank in their community to ensure the food they collected helped those directly affected by hunger in the local area.  In all, 52 food pantries received donations from Berkshire Bank totaling some 8,715 pounds of food.

Berkshire Bank holds its annual food drive each September as part of National Hunger Action Month. According to local food banks and pantries in the area, one in eight people in the bank’s tri-state market area struggle to put a meal on the table or have to choose between paying a bill and feeding their family. Need for food items this year exceeded previous years in light of the recent natural disasters in the area including more recently Hurricane Irene.

The Food Drive is only one of many projects that are part of the bank’s Employee Volunteer Program which carries out community service projects in communities served by the bank. Annually, over 50% of the bank’s employees participate in community service volunteer projects and programs, and they contributed more than 17,000 hours of service in 2010. The Employee Volunteer Program is another way the bank demonstrates its commitment to the communities in which it does business in addition to the $1 million dollars it awards annually to nonprofit organizations. 

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