Rachel’s Table


Working to alleviate hunger and reduce the waste of food resources in Western Massachusetts since 1992.

Six days a week, more than 200 volunteers collect food from local supermarkets, restaurants, caterers and bakeries, and deliver it to more than 40 agencies, including soup kitchens, food pantries, and shelters.

Through food distribution, various projects, and a Teen Board, Rachel’s Table makes a difference in the hunger community in Western Massachusetts.  

Our programs, events and projects include:

  • Big Y Foodraiser –Partnering annually with Big Y and the community to stock the pantries of four agencies, with fun and prizes.  
  • The Birthday Cake Fund – Ensuring that children in shelters receive a birthday cake. 
  • Bountiful Bowls – Raise awareness and much needed dollars every two years.
  • The Gleaning Project – Rescuing produce from local farms with youth groups from community organizations such as synagogues, churches, and schools, who then harvest, weigh, and deliver them to our local agencies.
  • The Bernice & Joseph Kalicka Milk Project – Providing shelf-stable milk for agencies serving children.
  • ESSEN-TIALS – Partnering with Jewish Family Services to supply kosher food to families who observe the dietary laws of Kashrut.
  • Grant-A-Snack & Uncle Paul’s Snack Closet – Purchasing kid friendly nutritious snacks for our agencies serving children.
  • The Sanford & Toba Kimball Food Bank Project – Providing cash credit to our agencies to make purchases at the Food Bank.
  • Outrun Hunger – Outrunning childhood hunger with a 5k fun run organized by our teen board. All money raised goes directly to programs feeding children in our local community, and promotion of the event goes a long way in raising awareness of the issues surrounding childhood hunger.
  • The Posnick Produce Project – Providing hungry families with nutritious fresh fruits and vegetables.
  • Protein Project – Purchasing fresh protein products to supply our agencies with nutritious food.
  • The Teen Board – Engaging and educating youth about hunger issues by supporting their activities addressed at alleviating childhood hunger.

For more information, or to get involved, visit our website or call (413) 733-0084.

Rachel’s Table is a program of the Jewish Federation of Western Massachusetts and 22News/WWLP. Thank you to our corporate sponsor, Peoples Bank.

For most of us, Thanksgiving is a celebration of abundance. We associate the holiday with tables heaped high with turkey, stuffing, and other delicious foods. Unfortunately, many Springfield area residents cannot afford these traditional Thanksgiving foods. For these people, Thanksgiving can be a stressful and challenging time.

When Daydie Hochberg, of blessed memory, recognized this inequity, she decided to do something about it. She celebrated her 70th birthday by establishing a special fund to buy Thanksgiving food for her hungry neighbors. Daydie’s Thanksgiving Fund, a program of Rachel’s Table, has enabled thousands of Springfield residents to enjoy a traditional Thanksgiving meal.

Last year, the Thanksgiving Fund provided more than 300 Thanksgiving dinners (turkey, stuffing, gravy, potatoes, vegetables, rolls, cranberry sauce and pies) to agencies that feed the hungry.  These included:  Kate’s Kitchen, the Center for Human Development, LaVoz, Tapestry Health, Community Survival Center, and the Ronald McDonald House to name just a few.  We also provided kosher turkeys as part of our Essen-tials program.  We hope to distribute even more this November!  Please join Rachel’s Table as we provide Thanksgiving meals to our hungry neighbors by donating to Daydie’s Thanksgiving Fund.

The Women’s Philanthropy Steering Committee celebrated Chanukah together this year by helping others! Pictured above are the non-perishable food items collected that evening for Rachel’s Table, a food recovery and distribution program of the Jewish Federation of Western Massachusetts.