Coronavirus- Food Access Guidance

Students and families- Maintaining health through appropriate nutrition is important over the next couple of weeks.  In an effort to try and help ensure our student’s well-being we are offering the following list of resources available to students to ensure access to meals.   The resources are broken down by town and indicate how to access these meals depending on where you live.  If you have any questions about these resources please feel free to email me at jkratz@mccanntech.org and I will try to help you the best I can. 

 

FOOD ACCESS AND DISTRIBUTION UPDATES:

North Adams Public Schools is participating in the Emergency Feeding Summer Food Service Program. Grab and Go style meals will be provided to all children without charge and are the same for all children regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability, and there will be no discrimination in the course of the meal service. Meals will be provided, at a first come, first serve basis, at the sites and times as follows. Children must be present to receive one breakfast and one lunch per day:

Brayton Elementary School, 3/16/20-4/3/20, Breakfast and Lunch    11:00-12:00

Colegrove Park Elementary School, 3/16/20-4/3/20, Breakfast and Lunch    11:00-12:00

Mohawk Forest Apartments, 3/17/20-4/3/20, Breakfast and Lunch, 11:00-12:00                            

Greylock Valley Apartments, 3/17/20-4/3/20, Breakfast and Lunch 11:00-12:00    

 

Adams Cheshire Elementary School:  will operate breakfast and lunch program starting Monday, March 16th at Hoosac Valley Elementary School.  While they are closed, students can pick up a Grab and Go breakfast and lunch package between 9:00-11:00am Monday through Friday in the cafeteria.  Please go to the back door of the cafeteria near the playground to pick it up. This will be available for free for all children 18 and under.

Al Nelson Friendship Center in North Adams and the Williamstown Food Pantry have opted to modify their routines to continue to remain open. Click here to read more.

Pope John Paul Charity Center food pantry in Adams
 announced it will be closed until further notice.

Lanesboro/Williamstown

 

The community recognizes that our families may be challenged to provide nutritious meals for their children during this unexpected time away from school. As such, the Mount Greylock Regional School District will be offering access to grab-and-go lunches Monday through Friday for the next three weeks. Meals will be available for pick-up at the Lanesborough Elementary School and Williamstown Elementary School main entrances between 9:30 and 10:30 each day.  In an attempt to assist the district in planning, you are asked to:

Call or email the food service department the day before using the following:

·  Phone: (413) 458-9582 x1195

·  Email: lunches@mgrhs.org

·  Leave a message that includes the number of lunches you need and which school will be your pick-up location: Lanesborough Elementary School or Williamstown Elementary School 

·  Please identify the student name(s) for whom you are picking up meals.

·  In order to assist us in advance planning, please indicate whether you will be accessing this meal service over the remaining days.

 

Berkshire Food Project: The Berkshire Food Project will remain open this week - but ONLY ON MONDAY, WEDNESDAY and FRIDAY (During its typical lunch hour, 12-1). We will have two meals prepared each of these days - so you will still be able to access a meal for Tuesday and Thursday, just the day BEFORE. Meals will be picked up for to go only - from the Breezeway. There will be no entering the building. Unsure of the status and acquiring food in the next few weeks, the Berkshire Food Project would greatly appreciate donations of gift cards to food establishments or markets, to potentially distribute in the near future. A great way to support the local economy and community.

Community Bible Church of Williamstown-Open this Wednesday, March 18th, 12:00-2:00. If there are emergency food needs call the church office at 458-5556 or Phyllis Babcock at 413-663-6094.

 

This is a great time to support Feed It Forward at A-Ok and the Free Taco Board at Tres Ninos!

The FoodBank of Western MA Mobile Food Pantries are STILL RUNNING. Same days, time and locations in North Berkshire at this point. If any changes occur I will be sure to send an email.

Free Saturday Lunches at First Baptist Church, North Adams will resume as take out only on Saturday, March 28th, 11:00am-12:30pm.

Meals on Wheels is still running.

Salvation Army Food Pantry, Tuesdays, 12:30-3pm. Please meet at front door to receive food.

Harper Center will continue to provide life support transportation options with the van-medical trips and food shopping fall into this category.