Food Bank of Western Massachusetts receives $15K donation from Enterprise Rent-A-Car Foundation

  • Volunteers Linda Slattery, of Leyden, left, and Marsha Stone, of Greenfield, right, hand out bunches of bananas at a free fruit and vegetable distribution site at Oak Courts in Greenfield. The Food Bank of Western Massachusetts distributes food to anyone who shows up at their mobile sites. Volunteers are at Oak Courts on the second Wednesday of the month and at the Gill-Montague Senior Center in Turners Falls on the third Wednesday. Both sites are open from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Staff File Photo/PAUL FRANZ

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Published: 2/26/2020 5:44:12 PM

HATFIELD — The Food Bank of Western Massachusetts will be addressing food insecurity with a $15,000 donation from the Enterprise Rent-A-Car Foundation.

The donation is part of Enterprise’s Fill Your Tank program, which launched in 2016 to mark Enterprise’s 60th anniversary by providing $60 million to fight hunger globally.

“We are so grateful to the Enterprise Rent-A-Car Foundation for its generous donation as part of the Fill Your Tank program, which is addressing food insecurity around the world,” Food Bank Executive Director Andrew Morehouse said.

Now in its fourth year, the Fill Your Tank program has distributed a total of $40 million among larger food banks and charities throughout North America and Europe, in addition to smaller local food banks and pantries, according to a Food Bank of Western Massachusetts press release. The Fill Your Tank program donations made locally are determined by regional Enterprise operations, and this year alone, $5 million was distributed to food banks and pantries through communities served by Enterprise.

Vice President and General Manager for Enterprise Holdings Bill Gardner said the company is proud to support the Food Bank of Western Massachusetts in its mission to fight hunger.

“Since the Fill Your Tank program launched in 2016, we have been committed to addressing food insecurity around the globe and making a difference in the communities where we live and work,” Gardner said.

Although there is enough food to feed the population, one in nine people still goes to bed on an empty stomach, according to the World Food Programme. In the U.S. alone, 37 million people face hunger, including more than 11 million children, according to Feeding America.

“The program demonstrates Enterprise’s commitment to tackling one of the United States’ most intractable realities,” Morehouse said. “To reverse this growing trend of epidemic proportions, we count on organizations like Enterprise Rent-A-Car to support our mission.”

Serving Berkshire, Franklin, Hampden and Hampshire counties, the Food Bank of Western Massachusetts has been distributing nutritious food to households with lower incomes since 1982. For more information, visit foodbankwma.org.




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