The Centra Foundation has awarded a $10,000 grant to Second Stage Amherst to fund a new outreach program, Second Helping.

The money will be used to purchase fresh foods from vendors at the Second Street Farmers’ Market at the end of each market on Thursday afternoons. The food then will be distributed to people who would otherwise not be able to access fresh foods through partnerships with Blue Ledge Meals on Wheels, Neighbors Helping Neighbors and the Pleasant View Food Pantry.

“Second Stage has always been about building a stronger, better community,” Second Stage President Suny Monk said in a news release. “The funding we’ve received from the Centra Foundation will add a new dimension to the ways in which we’re able to collaborate with other hardworking groups to help our neighbors.”

In celebration of the new program, Second Stage has renamed the weekly farmers’ market to Market @ Second Stage.

For more information about Second Stage and the Market @ Second Stage visit

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Reach Justin Faulconer at (434) 385-5551.

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