Did You Know?

Here are some facts about how Lorraine’s meets the needs of the community…

  • Almost 23% of Chicopee residents live under the poverty line.
  • In 2014, approximately 480,000 pounds of food was distributed through our pantry program to almost 6,500 qualified Chicopee families. This equates to almost 12% of Chicopee’s population walking through the doors at Lorraine’s.
  • Chicopee families are eligible for pantry assistance every eight weeks totaling about 40,000 visits a year.
  • Almost 60% of Lorraine’s pantry clients hold part time or full time employment.
  • Over 125 tons of food was procured through the Food Bank of Western Massachusetts.  The balance was received from local vendors and food collected at food drives.
  • Approximately 25,000 nutritional meals are served Monday through Friday over the course of a year with an operational cost of approximately $2.00 per meal.
  • With the average family size about three people, a donation of $40 will feed a family of four for a week with groceries from our pantry.
  • A number of important grant funds have been cut throughout the years.  One significant loss was the Community Development Block Grant which decreased from $20,000 in 2011 to $7,000 in 2014.
  • The program anticipates a 10% increase in pantry visits in 2015 because of increasing food insecurity in our Chicopee community.