Big Y Sack Hunger Helps Others This Holiday Season

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SPRINGFIELD, Mass. — Big Y's annual Sack Hunger provides funds for the four food banks within their 2-state marketing area. 
 
In turn, these food banks support local soup kitchens, food pantries, senior food programs, day care centers and many others of the 2,100-member agencies that they help every day. Their goal is to maximize access to nutritious food and other resources that support food security for those at risk of hunger.
 
For $5, a customer can support Sack Hunger from any register at Big Y's 72 supermarkets or Table & Vine Fine Wines and Liquors from Nov. 4 to Dec. 15. Customers can donate online at https://www.bigy.com/rs/GiftCards
 
Big Y will be matching donations. Every $5 donation brings 10 meals to those in need of support. Last year Big Y and their customers donated 2.1 million meals to those in need.
 
"Throughout our 85-year history, we've recognized the importance of helping our communities. We know that our customers and employees are eager to support families across Massachusetts and Connecticut," said Big Y's president and CEO, Charles L. D'Amour. "Our Sack Hunger program makes it easy for the food banks to do their work. And with Big Y's matching donation, we anticipate even more help for our friends and neighbors as we respond to increased needs this past year."
 
In addition to Sack Hunger, Big Y donates healthy food to these food banks six days a week throughout the year. Most of last year's almost 6 million meals consisted of donations of meat and fresh produce, bakery, nonperishable grocery items,
frozen food and dairy items. Over the past ten years including Sack Hunger, Big Y has donated over $10.5 million dollars worth of food or 21 million meals to those in need. The four food banks are Food Bank of Western Massachusetts, Worcester County Food Bank, Greater Boston Food Bank, and The Connecticut Food Share.

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Greenagers Youth Crew to Assess County Bridges and Culverts

By Brittany PolitoiBerkshires Staff

The survey is part of a larger hazard mitigation program to identify areas for flooding and ecological damage caused by climate change.

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Greenagers youth crew will be assessing the bridges and culverts of Pittsfield, Lenox, Stockbridge, and New Marlborough over the next two years. 

The environmentally interested teens will be determining what improvements are needed for the infrastructure to support increased precipitation and flooding, wildlife crossings, and stormwater management.

"I think sort of the biggest thing we want to get out there is that if you see folks assessing these structures or in your neighborhood, then it's a Greenagers crew, that it's youth doing this project in their area," Courteny Morehouse, Berkshire Regional Planning Commission's senior planner for the Environmental & Energy Program said.

"And then if they want to get in touch and learn more about the project, or just get engaged, they can contact me they can, they can go and talk to the youth that are there, mostly just want to get folks knowledgeable about the project that's happening."

At the project's conclusion, the four communities will be given a Road Stream Crossing Management Plan (RSCMP) with an inventory of its road street crossings and culverts that need attention ranked by priority.

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