New Big E vendor donates surplus food

November 9, 2022


Following the end of the renowned 17-day Fair, Chris Bayle, owner of the popular new food vendor BoardWok Noodles, donated surplus food to The Parish Cupboard of Agawam and West Springfield.

The Parish Cupboard provides meals and groceries to individuals and families in need throughout West Springfield, Agawam, and its surrounding communities. ESE Director of Sales, Tim Garstka, was grateful to see the kindness coming from the organization’s new partnership with Bayle.

“Here at The Big E we understand how important it is to give back to our local communities because without the support of our hometown, we wouldn’t be able to do what we do,” said Garstka. “Chris and BoardWok Noodles checked every box for us this year, and to see such generosity coming from one of our new partners was amazing.”

The Parish Cupboard works diligently every day to create a safe, welcoming space for those in need.

“The wonderful part of this donation was that it was all fresh vegetables,” said Parish Cupboard Executive Director, Bob Fastie. “It was a much healthier addition to the food that our guests receive.”

Continuing to be a contributing and active member among the community is important to The Big E and Eastern States Exposition. For those who would like to help make a difference, donations for The Parish Cupboard are accepted from Mon.-Fri. between the hours of 7:30am and 12:30pm. More information on how the non-profit helps serve those in need can be found at


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