Rachel’s Table fundraiser honors anti-hunger activists, encourages others to step up

  • FALK

Staff Report
Published: 3/19/2021 2:41:40 PM

SPRINGFIELD — Rachel’s Table, a program of the Jewish Federation of Western Massachusetts that works to alleviate hunger and reduce food waste, is holding its Bountiful Bowls biennial fundraiser.

The fundraiser will be held virtually this year, 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, according to a Rachel’s Table press release.

“The 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 executive 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. According to the release, both Goldman and Bolduc have worked tirelessly in the Pioneer Valley to provide access to healthy food, and inspired others to join Rachel’s Table as it works to serve those in need. Falk also thanked PeoplesBank and the Irene E. & George A. Davis Foundation for their contributions.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, Rachel’s Table’s operations across the Pioneer Valley have increased by 40 percent, delivering more than 525,000 pounds of food to those in need, the release states. Furthermore, Rachel’s Table provided meat, produce, dairy and more to 53 agencies.

To make a Bountiful Bowls donation, visit rachelstablepv.org/bb2021. Making your donation on or before March 31 will double the impact of your gift.


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