Camp Abenaki @ MCLA

Get ready for summer! Berkshire Family YMCA will be offering summer camp at MCLA.

Camp sign-up day June 5, 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. at Brayton Elementary School

At Abenaki Summer Program, your child will have fun, learn, grow and make new friends in a challenging and supportive environment!

AGES SERVED:

Children entering Grades 1-6.

CAMP ACTIVITIES:

Our Abenaki Summer Program counselors provide hands-on lessons and our Leaders in Training (LIT) program completes a community service project with the support of the campers.

For more information regarding Abenaki Summer Program, please e-mail Liz Baker at lbaker@bfymca.org

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Berkshire Food Project

The Berkshire Food Project seeks to alleviate hunger, food insecurity, and social isolation by serving healthy, no cost meals and connecting people to other resources, all in a dignified and respectful manner.  Berkshire Food Project is a no cost meal site offering hot and nutritious meals every weekday, Monday – Friday from 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. located at the First Congregational Church, 134 Main Street, North Adams.

To learn more visit www.berkshirefoodproject.org

 

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Berkshire Baby Bonanza

Local agencies and vendors will be on hand to answer questions about pregnancy, birth, breastfeeding, baby safety, family planning, and more!

Saturday, April 6, 2024    11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.   The Stationery Factory, 63 Flansburg Ave, Dalton, MA 01226

This FREE event is hosted by Berkshire Area Health Education Center’s Tobacco Free Community Partnership and the 2024 Berkshire Baby Bonanza planning committee members.

The first 250 families will receive a gift bag!

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Food Pantries and Meal Sites

Our local food pantries need your support. The pantries have shared lists of necessities that are not available through other sources. The list includes food items, paper products, personal care items, cleaning products, and baby care items including diapers and baby food. (See the list below for specific items.)

FOOD PANTRIES & MEAL SITES
WILLIAMSTOWN
ADAMS
  • 1st & 3rd TUESDAYS, 1-2:30PM: CHP MOBILE FARM STAND CHP Adams Family Services, 19 Depot St. Free bag of fresh farm produce. For CHP clients/patients ONLY.
  • 2nd & 4th TUESDAYS,12:30-1:30PM: The Food Bank of Western Massachusetts Mobile Food Bank PANTRY, Adams: Adams Council on Aging/Adams Visitors’ Center, 3 Hoosac Street 413-247-9738, ext. 121; No proof of eligibility required. Must be Berkshire County resident. One distribution per household.
  • 3rd WEDNESDAYS, 5-7PM: First Congregational Church of Adams PANTRY, Adams: 42 Park Street Adams 413-346-8884
  • MON. – THURS. Congregate meals MEAL SITE at 11:30AM. FRI. GRAB & GO MEALS: Adams COA, 3 Hoosac Street, Adams 413-743-8333. Mondays thru Fridays. Congregate meals available for grab & go. Must call Adams COA 24 hours prior.
CHESHIRE
  • 1st SATURDAYS, 11AM-Noon: Cheshire Food PANTRY at the Cheshire Community Center, 119 School Street, Cheshire 413-743-9719. Available to all Cheshire residents with proof of residency. Emergency food is also available.
  • MON. thru FRI., 10:15AM-Noon: GRAB & GO MEAL SITE: Cheshire COA Cheshire Community Center, 119 School Street, Cheshire 413-743-9719. Congregate meals available for grab & go. Must call Cheshire COA.
NORTH ADAMS
  • 2nd & 4th MONDAYS, 1-2:30 PM MOBILE FARM STAND CHP North Adams Family Medical and Dental, 71 Hospital Avenue, North Adams. Free bag of fresh farm produce. For CHP clients/patients ONLY.
  • TUESDAY, Noon-3 PM for In-Person / (*WEDNESDAYS, Noon-2 PM for delivery) | PANTRY The Salvation Army Gateway New Life Center 393 River Street, North Adams. For Emergency Pantry please call 413-663-7987. Deliveries on Wednesdays.*Call 413-663-7987 on Tuesdays 10:00am-noon to schedule a delivery. For North County residents only.
  • WEDNESDAYS, 10 AM – 2 PM for In-Person / *THURSDAYS, 9:30AM -Noon for Delivery | PANTRY Al Nelson Friendship Center 45 Eagle Street, North Adams, 413-664-0123. Go to the First Baptist Church (Eagles St. entrance) for intake and menu completion. *Those who cannot physically come to the pantry may call 413-664-0123 on Wednesday from 9:30am-2:00pm to set up a delivery for Thursday between 9:30am-Noon. Boxes are pre-packaged based on household size for Thursday deliveries. Please specify cans or no cans. Due to COVID rates we can no longer offer rides home. We will post updates on FACEBOOK.
  • 4th WEDNESDAYS, 5 – 6:30 PM (multiple locations) | PANTRY Berkshire Dream Center Mobile Food 413-522-3495. North Adams Locations: Mohawk Forest at 5:00pm, Brayton Hill at 5:45pm, Greylock at 6:30pm. No requirements.
  • 1st & 3rd FRIDAYS, 11AM-12PM | PANTRY The Food Bank of Western Massachusetts Mobile Food Bank Brien Center Lot, 124 American Legion Drive, North Adams 413-247-9738, ext. 121; No proof of eligibility required. One distribution per household.
  • Berkshire Food Project MEAL SITE | MON./WED./THURS./FRI. 11:30 AM – 1 PM: First Congregational Church of N. Adams, 134 Main Street, North Adams 413-664-7378. * Now returned to in-house seated dining.
  • First Baptist Church Community Soup Kitchen MEAL SITE|SATURDAY, 11 AM – 12:30 PM: Eagle Street Entrance, 131 Main St., North Adams, 413-652-7619.
  • North Adams COA Congregate meals are Monday through Friday starting at 11:30am.
  • North Adams COA Brown Bag distribution will be at the Spitzer Center at 116 Ashland Street on 4th Fridays from 12:30-1:30PM.

OTHER FOOD PROGRAMS

Brown Bag Program: Supplemental monthly food program for eligible 55+ yr. olds, free or for a small donation. For income eligibility requirements or more information, call your Council on Aging.

Elder Services’ Elder Nutrition Program: Noontime meals for those 60+ years of age at several senior centers throughout the County.Call Elder Services of Berkshire County for details and locations at 413-499-0524 or 1-800-981-5201.

Elder Services’ Meals on Wheels Program: Nutritious, hot noontime meals offered Monday – Friday to home bound Berkshire seniors, 60 years of age or older. A suggested donation of $2.00 is requested to help cover the cost of food preparation and delivery. There are eligibility requirements. Please call Elder Services of Berkshire County at 413-499-0524 to make a referral for yourself, family member or friend.

Take and Eat Program: For home bound individuals 60+ years of age, unable to prepare meals, shop, or get out. Meals are delivered on Sundays and are provided for weekends and three-day holiday weekends. More info.: Kathleen Ryan at 413-672-1404 or 413-664-1041

Berkshire County statistics: 15% of the population or 19,300 individuals face food insecurity with poverty as the largest contributing factor. Learn more at Feeding America.org

Personal Care

  • Toothbrush
  • Toothpaste
  • Feminine products
  • Shaving cream (men)
  • Disposable razors (men)
  • Bar soap (all kinds)
  • Toilet paper
  • Adult Depends ( size M & L)

Household

  • Towels (all sizes)
  • Wash cloths (new)
  • Dish towels
  • Paper napkins
  • Laundry soap
  • Ziploc bags
  • Potholders
  • Dish detergent

Staples

  • Rice
  • Pasta (all kinds)
  • Baked beans
  • Canned peas, corn
  • Kidney beans
  • Peanut butter
  • Canned tuna, chicken
  • Crackers (all kinds)
  • Coffee
  • Soup
  • Oatmeal
  • Jelly
  • Breakfast cereal
  • Pre-made pudding
  • Cereal bars
  • Hot chocolate
  • Snacks, chips (sm pkgs)
  • Applesauce cups

Babies/Toddlers

  • Diapers (open pkgs okay)
  • Pull-Ups (open pkgs okay)
  • Baby food

Miscellaneous

  • Gift cards (Walmart,Target)
  • Clean, new socks (all sizes)
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