The Food Bank of Western Massachusetts has been feeding our neighbors in need and leading the community to end hunger. Food is then distributed to agencies throughout Western Mass. These independent pantries, meal sites and shelters are on the front lines of emergency food assistance in the region, playing a crucial role helping individuals, families, seniors and children.

Last year the “Will Bike for Food” fundraiser raised over $100,000 providing over 300 meals. “Will Bike for Food” has 4 routes, with one destination: A country without Hunger. The 6th annual “Will Bike 4 Food” fundraiser this year was held at the Hatfield Lions Club Pavilion Sunday. 350 cyclists rode a 10, 25, 50 or 100-mile route. Sunday’s fundraiser exceeded the organization’s goal of $100,000 with the help of the 350 riders, businesses, and an online website. “For every dollar we raise, we can provide three meals,” said Andrew Morehouse, Executive Director of the Western Massachusetts Food Bank.

NETA team members helped make the race happen, from assembling packages with water prior to the race and escorting riders during the race. The organization serves an estimated 200,000 meals per year in the Hampden, Franklin, Hampshire and Berkshire Counties. Truly feeling inspired, Franklin and Northampton teams are carrying on a food drive for the Food Bank.

For more information on The Food Bank of Western Massachusetts, log into their website at www.foodbankwma.org.

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