Deerfield student distributes food at Greenfield storefront

  • Deerfield Academy junior Juliette Lowe is providing meals to anyone who needs one at 192-200 Main St. in Greenfield on Fridays. Staff Photo/PAUL FRANZ

  • Deerfield Academy junior Juliette Lowe is providing meals to anyone who needs one at 192-200 Main St. in Greenfield on Fridays. Staff Photo/PAUL FRANZ

Staff Writer
Published: 5/3/2020 12:54:39 PM

GREENFIELD — When an Old Deerfield native realized the strain the COVID-19 pandemic would put on local food banks, she wanted to do something to help.

Juliette Lowe, 16, understood that restrictions put in place meant she wouldn’t be spending her time off from school volunteering at the Center for Self-Reliance in Greenfield or at a community meal, as she normally would on school breaks. But that didn’t mean she couldn’t contribute somehow.

“I wanted to think of something where I could help people … without making the problem worse,” Lowe said.

That was when the Deerfield Academy junior had the idea for her initiative, Nobody Goes Hungry. She started a GoFundMe page to raise money to buy food she would then bag and distribute on Fridays at an empty storefront at 192-200 Main St. in Greenfield to anyone in need — no questions asked.

As of Thursday afternoon, donors raised $500, according to the GoFundMe page.

Lowe’s first distribution was held on April 24, where she distributed 20 bags of food. An additional 50 bags were prepared for distribution the following week.

“(Distribution) will be every Friday, so long as I have the donations to keep it going,” she said.

With unemployment and the closure of schools, Lowe said people may have fewer options for where to access affordable, fresh food.

“It’s just one more outlet that puts more free food into the system and makes it accessible for people to get,” she explained.

Lowe said she worked out the nutrition information for the contents of each bag to ensure each has the recommended daily servings of different nutrients. Currently, Lowe buys the food at BJ’s, where she can get the most food at the lowest cost.

“I would love, if this gets bigger, to be able to partner with local producers to support them as well,” she said.

She is also coordinating with community organizations to arrange a way to get bags to seniors who can’t make it to the distribution site.

Lowe said her parents have helped her bag the food, and people from the community have donated masks and sanitary products that she will also distribute.

“I just think it’s really great that people want to help,” she said. “It’s such a strange time for everybody, so the fact people are paying attention to people who might be worse off than themselves is really heartwarming. It shows they really care for the community that they’re in.”

Mary Byrne can be reached at mbyrne@recorder.com or 413-772-0261, ext. 263. Twitter: @MaryEByrne


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