Wheeler & Taylor Gives to Food Bank of Western Mass

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GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — Wheeler & Taylor Insurance of Great Barrington and Canary Blomstrom Insurance Agency of Agawam provided support to The Food Bank of Western Massachusetts.

Two rounds of funding will pay for about 100,000 meals for hungry residents of Western Massachusetts. The Food Bank will receive one round of funding now an another in the spring.

"We’re so grateful to Wheeler & Taylor and Canary Blomstrom for their social investment in The Food Bank’s mission to feed our neighbors in need at this critical moment," Executive Director Andrew Morehouse said. "With this support, overall we’ll be able to provide 100,000 meals to households struggling to make ends meet and put healthy food on the table."

Wheeler & Taylor and Canary Blomstrom are members of GoodWorks Financial Group, a network of common-ownership insurance, real estate and financial firms.

"Thanks to The Food Bank, thousands of people in the region are able to get enough to eat every day," Wheeler & Taylor Insurance president J. Scott Rote said. "In this time of unprecedented need, our communities need unprecedented support, and we’re glad to do our part."

With the pandemic, demand for food has grown exponentially. The Food Bank is serving 109,500 people a month in 2020, up 16 percent from 2019. The organization has distributed 11.1 million pounds of food from March through October, a 30 percent increase. It estimates that about one in six residents in the region, including 40,000 children, or one in four, are food-insecure.

"It couldn’t be a worse year, more heartbreaking year, for many folks. I’m glad to know the grants will support food programs in our local area as well as regionally," Sandy Brodeur, president of Canary Blomstrom said.

Based in Hatfield, The Food Bank provides food to hundreds of member food pantries, shelters and meal sites in Western Massachusetts.

 


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