New England Public Radio launched its Feed Your Radio, Feed a Family fundraising campaign on Saturday and is happy to report that over 800 listeners have joined in the effort to date. Feed Your Radio, Feed a Family is a special partnership between New England Public Radio, The Food Bank of Western Massachusetts and the Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts to raise awareness about hunger in the region and help The Food Bank distribute food across western Massachusetts.
For every contribution made to New England Public Radio during the campaign (March 1 – March 11, 2014) a group of donors from the Community Foundation will donate funds to provide food for a day for a family of four – 12 meals – to The Food Bank. As of this morning, 14,004 meals have been donated. NEPR hopes to have participation from over 2,200 listeners during the campaign.
“We are happy to once again offer this unique opportunity to our listeners,” said Martin Miller, CEO and General Manager of New England Public Radio. “Each week, The Food Bank of Western Massachusetts serves over 135,000 of our friends and neighbors. Our listeners want to support their good work, while at the same time supporting their public radio station – it’s a win win.”
“We are grateful for the generosity of the many donors who make the Feed Your Radio, Feed a Family campaign possible. This campaign has been an incredibly successful partnership that we have been proud to be a part of,” said Katie Allan Zobel, President of the Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts. “Collaborations like this create unique opportunities to do more good in our communities.”
This year, the campaign has a special bonus thanks to Dean’s Beans Organic Coffee and O’Connell’s Convenience Plus. When we reach the goal of 2,200 individual contributions in support of Feed Your Radio, Feed a Family, Dean’s Bean’s Organic Coffee and O’Connell’s Convenience Plus will donate 2,000 gallons of gas to fuel The Food Bank’s delivery trucks and mobile food pantries.
Contributions can be made at NEPR’s secure pledge page, by calling 1.800.639.8850 or by sending a check to NEPR, Hampshire House, 131 County Circle, Amherst, MA 01003.
About The Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts: Founded in 1991, the Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts administers a charitable endowment consisting of approximately 542 separately identified funds ($128 million) serving the three counties bordering the Connecticut River in Western Massachusetts (Hampden, Hampshire, and Franklin Counties). Each fund was contributed by one or more generous donors who wished to make a difference, on a local scale, in those communities. We make it possible for good people to accomplish good works in the Pioneer Valley. The Foundation also plays a central role in the charitable distributions from four large private foundations in the region, administered by Bank of America and representing approximately $24.8 million in additional charitable assets. For more information, please visit communityfoundation.org.
About The Food Bank of Western Massachusetts: The Food Bank of Western Massachusetts provides individuals facing hunger with the food they need to survive and leads communities towards long-term solutions to the problems that lead to hunger. Serving the four counties of Western Massachusetts, The Food Bank is the leading provider of emergency food that reaches individuals and families with lower incomes in the region. Committed to working with the community to reduce hunger and increase food security, The Food Bank seeks to make nutritious food affordable and accessible for all residents in Western Massachusetts. For more information on how you can get involved in your community, visit foodbankwma.org.