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Rachel’s Table ensures a turkey in every home

SPRINGFIELD – Rachel’s Table, the Jewish Federation of Western Mass.’s food rescue program, last month distributed 1,327 turkeys to agencies feeding the hungry. Twenty-eight food agencies in Hampton, Hampshire, and Franklin counties received turkeys purchased by Rachel’s Table, with additional support provided by the Healthy Community Emergency Food Fund of the Jewish Federation.

“We recognize the financial challenges many families face this year, so we are truly thankful that we are able to help more households enjoy a traditional turkey for Thanksgiving,” said Sarah Maniaci, associate director of Rachel’s Table. “This year we are also thankful for our friends in the community who have helped us make the purchase and delivery of thousands of turkeys to families across the Pioneer Valley possible.” Arnold’s Meats delivered the turkeys to area food pantries, shelters, and soup kitchens, including the Springfield Rescue Mission, Community Survival Center, Amherst Survival Center, and the Franklin Country Community Meals. The Gray House of Springfield received 100 full turkey dinners including stuffing, vegetables, and fixings, coordinated by volunteer Betsy Gaberman. And kosher turkeys were distributed to those in need who observe Jewish dietary laws. The Thanksgiving Fund is a signature program of Rachel’s Table, established by the late Daydie Hochberg. Her friends and family continue to honor her by bringing Thanksgiving to every home. 

For more information or to donate, call (413) 733-0084 or visit

Main Photo: From left to right, Rachel’s Table volunteers delivering Thanksgiving meals to The Gray House: Sally Schneider, Betsy Gaberman, Jane Engelman, Nancy Nathan and Sally Ann Resnic.

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