SPRINGFIELD – Rachel’s Table, a program of the Jewish Federation of Western Massachusetts that helps alleviate hunger and reduce waste of food resources in the region, is holding its Bountiful Bowls biennial fundraiser event on May 20 to continue the fight against food insecurity.
This year, the fundraiser will be held virtually, and with a grant from the Arbella Insurance Foundation, all March donations for Bountiful Bowls will be matched — dollar for dollar — up to $10,000.
“Bountiful Bowls fundraising event allows Rachel’s Table to continue to fund programs in the Pioneer Valley that support food security,” said Jodi Falk, Rachel’s Table director. “The COVID-19 pandemic has created a significant surge in the number of families struggling with food insecurity, which is why we are so grateful to have the Arbella Insurance Foundation matching every donation Rachel’s Table receives for Bountiful Bowls this month. Normally, $1 can provide four meals but with the support of the Arbella Insurance Foundation, that dollar can now provide up to eight meals.”
This year’s Bountiful Bowls theme is inspiring others to step up and will honor anti-hunger activists Suze Goldman and Bob Bolduc, founder and CEO of Pride Stores. As anti-hunger activists, both Goldman and Bolduc have tirelessly worked in the Pioneer Valley community to provide access to healthy food and inspired others to step up to join Rachel’s Table as it works to serve the food insecure.
During the pandemic, Rachel’s Table’s operations across the Pioneer Valley increased 40 percent delivering more than 525,000 pounds of food to those in need. Rachel’s Table provided healthy meat, produce, dairy and more to over 53 agencies, some of whom do not receive food donations from any other program.
Bountiful Bowls will help Rachel’s Table continue to provide ongoing support in the region.
To make a Bountiful Bowls donation, visit http://www.rachelstablepv.org/bb2021
Making a donation on or before March 31 will double the impact of the gift through the matching grant from Arbella Insurance Foundation.