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Filling the Belly Bus for Those in Need: LifePath donates to the 15th Annual Fill the Belly Bus Community Food Drive

Jim Ayres and Charity Day unloading donationsJim Ayres, The Community Foundation’s Vice President for Programs and Strategy, with Charity Day, LifePath’s Associate Director of Client ServicesLifePath staff were proud to donate again this August to the Belly Bus, bringing 162 pounds of non-perishable food and household supplies to the Greenfield Town Common. Each year, the staff organize a collection of donations for this event.

According to Community Action’s Executive Director, Clare Higgins, many families in the area struggle to procure enough food, with about 1,300 individuals showing up to supplement their food supply per month. Clare stated, “People are already working two jobs, and this program makes the difference.”

Many families in the area struggle to procure enough food, with about 1,300 individuals showing up to supplement their food supply per month.

This was the 15th Annual Fill the Belly Bus Community Food Drive, and they collected almost 7,400 pounds of food, up from 6,400 pounds last year. Community Action Pioneer Valley’s Franklin County Hunger Task Force organizes the food drive, with over 50 community partners and 30 - 40 volunteers lending a hand this year, according to Community Action’s Center for Self-Reliance Food Pantries Program Coordinator/Franklin County Hunger Task Force Co-Chair Justin Costa.

One of those community partners was The Community Foundation, which is a financial supporter and partner to Community Action and the other organizations that organize and benefit from the Belly Bus event. Jim Ayres, The Community Foundation’s Vice President for Programs and Strategy, and two other individuals from the foundation, Ellen Leuchs and Sheila Toto, volunteered to help unload, repack, and load donated food for area programs. The foundation also collected donated food for the event at its Springfield headquarters.

According to Charity Day, LifePath’s Associate Director of Client Services and Board Member for Community Action Pioneer Valley, “This is an amazing community event - you see time and time again the community coming out to support those in need. I am happy to lend a hand in filling the Belly Bus.”