Creating a variety of programs to meet a variety of needs.

Other Donations

Distributing food is our primary function, but Rachel’s Table helps the community in other ways as well.

You can make a monetary donation in honor of a loved one, bring in unused toiletries, or give us your extra Big Y gold coins and turkey coins. Every donation makes someone’s life a little bit easier.

Donating Food

Maybe you've ordered too much food for your catered event, or your child is organizing a food drive as a community service project, or you simply want to help your hungry neighbors by purchasing a few extra cans of food at the supermarket.

Give Rachel's Table a call! We will make sure that your food gets to the people who need it most.

Our Programs

Over the years, many generous people have created special projects to help feed the hungry. Find out specific ways you can help, or start a program of your own!

The Gleaning Project: Helping Harvest

Thanks to the generous support of our donors, Rachel’s Table brings young volunteers into the fields where they can harvest surplus produce from local farms and bring it directly to our agencies.

In addition to feeding the hungry, the Gleaning Project educates the community about hunger, food security, and agriculture.

Big Y Foodraiser

Are you a savvy shopper? Put your skills to the test at our annual Big Y Foodraiser! Prizes are awarded to the most efficient shoppers, and of course all the purchased food goes straight to our agencies.

Bountiful Bowls

Every two years, Rachel’s Table hosts a gala event to raise the funds we need to help as many people as we can. Our next Bountiful Bowls will take place in the spring of 2013. Be sure to join us for an elegant, fun, and vitally important evening.

Agencies

Rachel’s Table distributes food to more than forty food pantries, shelters, and soup kitchens in Western Massachusetts. Learn more about our partner agencies and the wonderful work they do.

Food Donors

Our success depends upon the many restaurants, cafes, and supermarkets that donate their extra food. Find out who our donors are, and be sure to thank them next time you patronize them!

Contact Us

Contact us to volunteer, donate food, or get involved! 

We welcome your comments, questions, and ideas.

Upcoming Events

Information about our upcoming events and projects.

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Programs of Rachel's Table

Got Milk? The Bernice and Joseph Kalicka Milk Project

The Kalicka family recognized that milk, a vital part of a nutritious diet for women and children, is a very expensive commodity. The Kalicka Milk Project allows Rachel’s Table to purchase shelf-stable milk (Parmalat) for shelters, food pantries and soup kitchens that serve women, children and families in need.

Where’s the Beef? The Protein Project

Many of our shelters and food pantries have access to non-perishable food items collected by schools and other organizations. However, providing their clientele with enough fresh protein is both expensive and logistically challenging. Thanks to the generosity of local business leaders, Rachel’s Table is able to purchase fresh fish, chicken, and meat for our agencies.

It Makes “Cents!” The Kimball Food Bank program

The Food Bank of Western Massachusetts allows our agencies to purchase food for only $.19 per pound. Sanford and Toba Kimball, long-time volunteers for Rachel’s Table, wanted to acknowledge the hard work that our agencies do on a daily basis, and created a fund in their honor. The Kimball Program provides our agencies with cash credits for the Food Bank.

Make a Wish! The Birthday Cake Program

All children deserve to celebrate their birthday with a cake, and Rachel’s Table makes sure that this happens. We provide $10 Big Y gift certificates and coins to any agency that serves children. The agencies use these certificates to purchase a birthday cake for each child.

Fruit ‘n Granola “Grant–A-Snack” Program and Uncle Paul’s Snack Closet

Kids need healthy, nutritious snacks to help them grow both physically and intellectually. The two snack programs- one created in memory of Phil Grant, and one created by Matt Goldstein on the occasion of his bar mitzvah in memory of his Uncle Paul- provide our agencies with healthy and kid-friendly snacks.

Eat Your Peas and Carrots! Fresh Produce Project

Providing adequate nutrients to the hungry is expensive but critical: the vitamins, minerals and fiber from fresh fruits and vegetables are hard to duplicate. Rachel’s Table purchases fresh produce for our agencies on a rotating basis.

Daydie’s Thanksgiving Fund

Thanksgiving is a time to celebrate bounty. When Daydie Hochberg, of blessed memory, turned 70, she decided to share some of her bounty with her hungry neighbors. With the help of friends and family, she established a fund that allows our agencies to buy food for Thanksgiving. Bruce Hochberg is continuing to support this fund as a tribute to Daydie’s memory.

ESSEN-tials: a Kosher Food Initiative of Rachel's Table and Jewish Family Service

People who observe kashrut- the Jewish dietary laws- cannot depend on food pantries to meet their needs. As a result, hunger among kosher Jews has become a serious problem. In collaboration with Jewish Family Service, Rachel’s Table is launching a new kosher food distribution project. Every other month, volunteers will deliver a carton of kosher food to kosher individuals whose needs are not being met.