Annual Belly Bus food drive set for Friday

  • Nathan Page of the Center for Self Reliance in Greenfield organizes food for the Belly Bus on the Greenfield Town Common Friday afternoon. August 4, 2017 Recorder Staff/Paul Franz

Staff Writer
Published: 8/1/2018 9:09:14 PM

GREENFIELD — Thoughts of hunger and lack of food security may be more up front than in recent years when the Belly Bus comes to the Common this year.

One of the stops for the Community Action’s 14th annual Belly Bus Community Food Drive will take place Friday from 3 to 5 p.m. on the Greenfield Common, where a group of homeless people living in tents. And hunger is among the many issues that the homeless deal with on a daily basis

Last year, with the help of 80 community partners and individuals, the nonprofit’s Franklin County Hunger Task Force raised close to $4,500 in cash donations and nearly 5,000 pounds of non-perishable food, according to Community Action.

Mary McClintock, the task force co-chair who has been one of the most vocal advocates for the homeless, said in a press release that she’s hoping to surpass 2017’s donation totals.

The annual food drive collects donations to help fill five local food pantries and supply meal programs around the county. In the past, the area’s elected officials, like Congressman Jim McGovern, D-Worcester, have pitched in to help. It is anticipated that a local state representative or two will be on the common for the event.

This drive is intended to fill the shelves during a two-week gap between when the summer meal program ends and when the school year starts.

The two “belly buses,” supplied by Franklin Regional Transit Authority and F.M. Kuzmeskus will have a few stops before arriving on the Common.

A bus will be at Stop & Shop in Greenfield from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and at Food City in Turners Falls from 8 a.m. to noon. A bus also will be at Foster’s Supermarket in Greenfield from 12:30 to 3 p.m.




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