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 THANK YOU! The community’s generous outpouring of support  netted 700 pounds of canned goods and personal items for our local food pantries.

North Berkshire Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week

*based on the work of the Franklin County Hunger Action Task Force

Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week is an annual program where people come together across the country to draw attention to the problems of hunger and homelessness. Please visit https://hhweek.org for more information about national efforts and events.

Locally, Hunger and Homelessness Awareness week will be celebrated through a series of events from November 15-November 22 hosted by various schools, community organizations, business, and faith based organizations to encourage everyone to build awareness of the needs and resources available in northern Berkshire county. The week includes opportunities for everyone to learn, take action, and get involved.

The goals of this week are:

  • to highlight and understand the issue of food insecurity and homelessness
  • to support local programs that provide food and shelter for our neighbors every day
  • to come together as a community to address root causes of hunger and homelessness so that fewer of our neighbors need emergency support programs

Please make sure to follow all public health guidelines~ wear your mask, wash your hands and practice social distancing. 

This week, November 15-22, is Hunger and Homelessness Awareness week, and Berkshire Helping Hands is having a GLOVE DRIVE! We are collecting all kinds of gloves and mittens to help keep our community warm this winter. Men’s, women’s, children’s, any size or type. We will be collecting on Wednesday and Friday of this week, 2:30-4:00pm in the parking lot across from the Beaver St Mill in North Adams.

If you have some to donate and are unable to drop them off at these times, send a message to Berkshire Helping Hands Charity Page or email director@berkshirehelpinghands.org and we will make arrangements to pick up. Thank you!!!

Thursday, 11/19/20

  •  Individual Action: Reach out to local food programs and ask how you can be of help. Donate to local food programs. In addition to the need for funds, many programs need help with physical labor, tech support, transporting food, or other tasks. Businesses can adopt a local program and support it through regular donations and volunteer support. To locate a food pantry in your community visit:   http://www.nbccoalition.org/resource-guides.html
  • Community Action: Learn more about Louison House and the work they do to support residents who are homeless or housing insecure. To learn more please attend the virtual tour of their Adams House at 6:30 pm to hear from staff and residents. www.louisonhouse.org. To join Zoom tour follow this link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86359982670

Did you know?

  • Senior Centers and Elder Services work to address food security needs of our seniors through the Brown Bag Meal programs and Meals on Wheels. For more information please contact your local Council on the Aging or Elder Services at http://www.esbci.org

HAPPENING ON FRIDAY!!

Community Food Drive drop off,  9-12 pm, First Baptist Church Eagle Street Room. Please drop off your donations at the door.  Masks and social distancing is required.

We’ve added some suggested items and ideas to the end of this document.  Interested in hosting your own food drive? Please click here to learn more. 

Looking to get involved?

 Sunday, 11/22/20

  • Individual Action: Celebrate and reflect. What will you do with the information you learned and the experiences you had this week?
  • Individual Action: Visit the Berkshire Grown Holiday Market at Greylock Works. More details to come!
  • Community Action: Contact nbCC at (413) 663-7588 for more information about their Community Outreach Volunteer training program

Monday, 11/23-11/29

  •  Individual Action: Visit the Food Bank of Western MA website to learn more about Monte’s March and how they are raising awareness around food security in Western MA. https://www.foodbankwma.org/events/montes-march11/
  • Community Action: Join Mayor Bernard as we bring Monte’s March to North Adams!  More details to come.

Looking to keep going?

  • The Williamstown Community Chest will be hosting their annual Holiday Walk on Saturdays starting on 11/30.
    • Week 1:  Sock Drive to benefit Louison House, Berkshire Helping Hands, and SoldierON
    • Week 2: unwrapped toys for children and crafts, games, or books suitable for teenagers to benefit Berkshire Community Action Council, UCP, and ROOTS Teen Center
    • Week 3: Festive Foods donations to benefit local food pantries

 

Community Bible Church Food Pantry – A very big ‘thank you” to everyone involved in the food drive. The assortment of food and personal care products was fantastic and so very much appreciated. You’re the best! Lovingly, Phyllis Babcock.

The Williamstown Community Chest is postponing its 13th annual Fun Run, originally scheduled for September 12, 2020.

Although we can’t gather as we usually do, we can do something sweet for our community. We invite our neighbors to support our local food pantries by stocking their shelves for the coming fall and winter. Everyone who brings a needed item for the food pantries will receive a thank you in the form of a coupon for a sweet treat at one of our local shops. Many thanks to MountainOne for underwriting this event.

The pantries have shared lists of necessities that are not available through other sources. So far 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.)

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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