If you own a fruit tree, you can help relieve hunger by becoming a Fruit Donor! Backyard Bounty of the Berkshires can help you harvest and donate your excess fruit to those in need.
There are at least three benefits to you:
1. You will be helping people in need, and know that you are part of the larger effort to end hunger in the Berkshires.
2. You will receive a tax-deductible receipt for your donation of fruit.
3. You will be relieved of the mess created by fruit laying on the ground, which is a target for rodents and other animals.
Your harvest can work as either “Do It Yourself” (DIY), or by Backyard Bounty volunteers. After having read the description of each option below, you can enter your information to register your trees with Backyard Bounty of the Berkshires.
Backyard Bounty will offer assistance for you and your friends and neighbors to harvest the fruit yourself, including the use of our picking equipment (pickers, bags, etc.). We will help arrange for the delivery of the produce to local food pantries and/or food banks.
Backyard Bounty Harvests
Our trained volunteers will harvest your fruit in two-hour sessions during the season (August – October). Submit your request to be involved and we will contact you to make the necessary arrangements. 100% of all fruit gathered is donated to local food pantries or food banks.
Enter your information below to participate as a grower with Backyard Bounty of the Berkshires.
So much of the rich bounty of the Berkshires fruit ends up wasted, dropping to the earth and spoiling on the ground, in spite of the needs of the hungry. Backyard Bounty of the Berkshires is devoted to saving the fruit that would otherwise be wasted.
You can help by volunteering your time and effort in harvests when the fruit ripens and is ready to be picked. We have enlisted the cooperation of property owners who have agreed to welcome volunteers to pick the ripe fruit from their trees in two-hour gleaning sessions.
We provide the equipment, including ladders, pickers, bags, and boxes and you provide the labor. It’s fun and easy! You spend a few hours in the great Berkshires outdoors, perhaps with a few of your friends, and have the satisfaction of being directly involved in feeding those in need.
Enter your information below to volunteer for Backyard Bounty of the Berkshires gleanings.
Backyard Bounty of the Berkshires is dedicated to harvesting and delivering fresh fruit to those in need. To accomplish those objectives, we work closely with established distributors of food, including food pantries and food banks. We are reaching out to many such organizations, and hope to significantly increase our reach for the 2016 growing season. As of now, we are in touch with the following organizations that have expressed interest in receiving our harvest produce:
If you know of other food distribution organizations that would like to partner with Backyard Bounty of the Berkshires, please contact Mark and Jay at email@example.com.