NORTH ADAMS -- Berkshire Community Action Council is hoping local residents will help stock the shelves of local food pantries before the holiday season arrives.
Representatives from Berkshire Community Action (BCAC) will be outside participating stores around the county from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., on Saturday, Oct. 19, collecting food donations for the agency's first annual "Harvest Haul."
"Our Executive Director Deborah Leonczyk came up with the idea as a way for us to reach out to the community," Aleta Moncecchi, BCAC North's community partnership director, said Wednesday. "It's an in-kind, goodwill gesture that will help support our local food pantries."
She said BCAC board members and management will be on hand at the various locations to collect and distribute the donations.
In Northern Berkshire, donations will be accepted at the Walmart Supercenter on Curran Highway. Other participating locations include: Walmart in Pittsfield; Price Chopper in Great Barrington, Lee and Pittsfield; and Stop & Shop in Pittsfield.
At each of the locations, shoppers who make donations will be asked to place their donations directly into the BCAC transportation vans.
"The really great thing is individuals who make donations will be able to choose which food pantry they want their donation to go to," Moncecchi said. "In North Adams, donations can be made to the Friendship Center Food Pantry in North Adams, the Pope John Paul II Parish Center in Adams or the Williamstown Food Pantry at the Sts. Patrick and Raphael Parish Center."
At the end of the food drive, the "food hauls" will be driven to the partner agencies.
For more information, contact Moncecchi by phone at 413-663-3014, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
-- Jennifer Huberdeau