With the help of volunteers, Backyard Bounty of the Berkshires has collected and donated

24,197 pounds

of fruit and vegetables during 2018, and

8,296 pounds

during 2017.
Thank you to all!

Backyard Bounty of the Berkshires

…harvesting food for those in need

There is a hidden but significant hunger problem in Berkshire County. One out of four people in Berkshire County and all of Western Massachusetts suffers or is at risk of suffering food insecurity! Backyard Bounty of the Berkshires is a community-based project that supplies food to people in need by gathering and distributing ripe, fresh vegetables and fruit from local farms, property owners and supermarkets. We then deliver that produce to pantries, senior centers and other food distribution sites in South County and Pittsfield.


Backyard Bounty is having a great year in 2018, as the addition of twice weekly pick-ups from Big Y and Price Chopper in Great Barrington have significantly added to our ability to collect and deliver excess produce It's working, with many thanks to our volunteers and donors.

The refrigerated storage unit on the CHP/WIC campus in Great Barrington is proving to be a very important asset to our operation, as a place to keep fruits and vegetables fresh before delivery. It's especially important as we gather large amounts of apples, a process just beginning now.

On that topic, please check the gleaning calendar in this website, and volunteer to help pick. It's easy to sign up for a glean, after you've first registered as a volunteer. Click on "Volunteers," then "Sign Up for Gleaning Trips & Transport." You'll then see the calendar, and you can click on the date of your choice. You'll receive a confirming email along with the address of the glean as well as a day-before reminder. The gleaning season is relatively short, and there are a lot of apples to pick. We need as many volunteers as we can get.

We also need more volunteers for our regular supermarket pick-ups and deliveries on Tuesdays (8:45 - 10:45am), Thursdays (8:45 - 10:00am), and Saturdays (12:30 - 2:00pm). If you are available and interested in volunteering to help on these pick-ups and deliveries, please contact Jay and Mark at