The Fill the Plate, Feed a Family Challenge is a fundraising initiative which directly supports The Market at Gray House and helps put nutritious food on the tables of families in need. We encourage individuals, businesses and community groups to make a donation and post a photo with an empty plate on social media, encouraging others to join you. The empty plates represent all of the families that would go hungry without your support. Please consider making a donation this year as we work toward our goal of raising $12,000 during September 2020.
Since it’s inception in 2015, YOU have helped us raise over $65,000 through our Fill the Plate, Feed a Family Challenge! The initiative originated in 2015 out of a need to raise $10,000 in order to receive a $10,000 matching grant. Because of your generosity, we did it!
The initiative has become an annual challenge, incorporating different events such as our Hot Table Fundraiser and Munich Haus event (cancelled for 2020) as well as fundraising teams who will compete to see who can raise the most money! The money raised through Fill the Plate is leveraged to provide people in our community with much needed groceries.
Food insecurity is an issue that over 223,000 individuals in Western Mass face. With state unemployment rates reaching historic levels during the pandemic and access to food a growing concern, essential social services, like The Market at Gray House, are more critical than ever. Throughout 2020, The Market at Gray House has served an average of 798 families every month through no-contact, curbside food distribution. From March 2020–August 2020, we have served 135% more households compared to the same time period in 2019.
Food assistance is a critical first step in helping people improve their ability to resolve crises and achieve and maintain a more stable situation. Food assistance allows families to reallocate their limited funds to other expenses that impact their ability to maintain a job or housing such as rent, transportation, utility bills, childcare and healthcare expenses.
With the help of previously raised funds from this initiative, in September of 2018, The Gray House re-branded its food assistance program to The Market at Gray House and began offering evening hours on the second and fourth Fridays of each month. These changes helped to reduce the stigma associated with food assistance and provide assistance to “working poor” families in the community. As a result, The Gray House saw an increase in the number of individuals served each month by 20% (prior to the pandemic). The majority of the new visitors are people who were previously unable to access this resource due to the hours. Please support us in these efforts today!
Hot Table Event
Visit our Hot Table event page to learn more about the fundraiser on Wednesday, 9/16. Use one of the below flyers at either the Breckwood or Tower Square locations and The Gray House will receive a 50% of your order total!
If presenting the flyer on your smart phone, please use the digital link: DIGITAL FLYER 9-16-20
If you would like to print the flyer in advance, please use the print link: PRINT FLYER – 9-16-20
Thank you to everyone who donated over the years to help us #FillThePlate!