Berkshire Natural Partners With YMCA of the North Shore to Offer Healthier Snacks

December 16, 2015

Berkshire Natural announces the installation of their healthy vending machines in three new locations of the YMCA of the North Shore ( in an effort to make healthy and delicious snack alternatives available in more YMCAs. Berkshire Natural, a Massachusetts based healthy snack and beverage distribution company services all of New England. It completed the installation of healthy vending machines on December 11th in the Salem, Beverly, and Ipswich YMCA locations, adding to the Cape Ann YMCA in Gloucester.

“As part of our mission to promote healthy living, we are excited to offer healthy snack alternatives in our local YMCAs,” says Scott Hitchcock, Chief Operating Officer of the YMCA of the North Shore. “By partnering with Berkshire Natural, we know that our vending machines will feature organic, natural products that complement our mission and goals, while offering the best nutritional value.”

Aligning with the YMCA of the North Shore’s mission, Berkshire Natural’s goal is to help people live healthier lives by making delicious organic and natural foods available. Products provided by Berkshire Natural contain no trans fats, no high-fructose corn syrup, no artificial flavors or colors and are frequently sourced from New England companies and organic sources.

“Berkshire Natural was founded by myself and another dad with the idea that we wanted to offer healthy snack alternatives to our own kids,” says Berkshire Natural co-founder David Starr. “We’re thrilled that these new vending machines at the YMCA of the North Shore will provide new healthy alternatives for thousands of children, individuals and families, providing consumers convenient access to nutritious snacks. There’s nothing like a big smile on the faces of children when they get a snack from one of our healthy vending machines!”

Founded as a healthy vending company, Berkshire Natural services companies and institutions around New England. Currently, Berkshire Natural Services 16 YMCAs in Massachusetts including the YMCA of Greater Boston, the YMCA of the North Shore, the YMCA of Greater Springfield as well as the West Suburban YMCA in Newton, MA. In addition, Berkshire Natural services additional North Shore locations including the Manchester Athletic Club, Manchester Essex High School and St. John’s Prep High School.


About Berkshire Natural

Berkshire Natural was established in 2009 by co-founders Alden Bourne and David Starr – two fathers that recognized the importance of healthy living for their families and wanted to help improve the lives of others. Berkshire Natural’s mission is to help people live healthier lives by making delicious, organic and natural foods available. They also educate consumers about the importance of protecting the environment and about the value of buying local foods. Serving the New England region, products include Healthy Vending Services and Boston Healthy Office Snacks.

About the YMCA of the North Shore

The Y is one of the nation’s leading nonprofits strengthening communities through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. Across the United States, 2,700 Ys engage 22 million men, women and children in essential Y programming—regardless of age, income or background. With its 150-year history of serving the local community, the YMCA of the North Shore engages 44,000 men, women and children in 25 cities and towns across the North Shore and in Southern New Hampshire. With seven branches, 24 child care centers, 4 teen centers and 7 camps, the Y continues to deliver lasting personal and social change for generations to come.



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