November 15, 2017

Contact: Catherine Welker,, 413-584-1300 x122

HCG partners with Peanut Butter and Jelly Jar Drive for donations to local Food Bank

HCG is thrilled to once again be supporting the Food Bank of Western Massachusetts. HCG is bringing two great efforts together in order to facilitate more donations and community involvement. On Monday, HCG is welcoming Monte’s March home by partnering with Lavery Greenfield’s Peanut Butter and Jelly Jar Drive.  On November 20th, between 1:30-2:30 pm, HCG invites the community to gather on the lawn of the Old Courthouse to welcome Monte home with donations of jars of peanut butter and jelly, cash, or checks to support the Food Bank.      

There will be music and hot cocoa at the event on Monday. Donations will be accepted on the side lawn by the late Gregory Stone’s statue ‘Hope’, at the corner of Main and King Streets in Northampton. Lavery Greenfield’s generosity to giving back to her community by starting the Peanut Butter and Jelly Jar Drive was the inspiration for the ‘Hope’ statue. 

“This year five schools and four businesses have joined me in collecting donations for the Peanut Butter and Jelly Jar Drive,” says Lavery Greenfield. “I am looking forward to all of the donations we will be able to collect for the Food Bank.”

On November 20th and 21st The River’s Monte Belmonte will be leading his annual march against hunger through the Pioneer Valley.  For two days, Monte, Congressman Jim McGovern and a number of supporters will push a shopping cart 43 miles from Springfield to Greenfield to raise awareness and funds for food insecurity in our region.

“HCG is so happy to be the home of the ‘Hope’ statue and we want to bring Lavery’s generosity and Gregory’s message to the community as often as we can.” says Todd Ford, executive director, HCG. “What better way to welcome Monte and the marchers home at the end of their first day than with donations?”

HCG encourages all area businesses and interested community members to gather on the lawn and bring donations for the Food Bank. HCG applauds the community-minded efforts of Monte and Lavery and all those who give.

Please come and join us in supporting this worthwhile cause to help ensure that all families have enough to eat. 

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HCG supports communities by empowering local, sustainable and efficient economies. The organization helps cities and towns, schools, nonprofits and businesses get the most value by pooling their buying power. HCG’s Hampshire Power provides electricity services, including green and locally produced electricity. The HCG Purchasing Co-op makes it easy for towns, cities and nonprofits to save money, time, and effort on major and everyday purchases. And HCG supports communities with its own, uniquely effective service organizations: RSVP of the Pioneer Valley and the Hampshire-Franklin Tobacco Free Community Partnership. Every cent HCG earns goes back to supporting the communities of Western Massachusetts. HCG is funded by its own revenue.