Barnhardt Manufacturing donates $10K to food bank

  • From left are Jillian Morgan, corporate relations officer at the Food Bank of Western Massachusetts, Mark Thibodeau, plant manager at Barnhardt Manufacturing Co., food bank Executive Director Andrew Morehouse and Katie Myers, head of quality at Barnhardt. The Colrain company donated $10,000 to the food bank’s Brown Bag: Food For Elders program. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

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Published: 9/15/2020 4:14:51 PM

COLRAIN — Barnhardt Manufacturing Co. in Colrain is donating $10,000 to a Food Bank of Western Massachusetts program that supplies food to the elderly.

The Brown Bag: Food For Elders program delivers healthy food to more than 8,550 senior citizens at 45 councils on aging across Western Massachusetts every month. Barnhardt’s contribution will provide the equivalent of 40,000 meals, according to food bank Executive Director Andrew Morehouse.

“We are very grateful for Barnhart’s commitment to feeding our neighbors in need — especially elders at this critical moment during the coronavirus pandemic,” Morehouse said in a statement.

Barnhardt, which employs more than 50 people, is 120-year-old family-owned business run by the fourth generation of Barnhardts, the company has owned the Colrain facility at 247 Main Road since 2007. It processes raw cotton, purifying it for use as hygienic material in medical and personal products, including swabs used for virus tests and Tampax tampons.

Barnhardt has also contributed to Colrain Central School, the Colrain Fire Department, Mohawk Trail Regional School, The Literacy Project and the United Way.

“Barnhardt’s support of the Food Bank of Western Massachusetts is based on our concern about the food insecurity that has grown alarmingly with the pandemic, particularly among the elderly,” said Barnhardt President and Chief Operating Officer Lewis B. Barnhardt. “As a fourth-generation family-run business, we appreciate what families are going through in these times.”

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