Food drive to benefit local pantries

On Saturday, May 13, residents of Central Berkshire County donated nearly 28,000 pounds of non-perishable food via the countywide Letter Carriers Food Drive; more than double the amount collected in last year’s campaign.  Local branch #286 of the National Association of Letter Carriers and Postal Workers, Berkshire Youth United, Berkshire Community Action Council, and Berkshire United Way coordinated the effort. Berkshire Community Action Council along with Berkshire Youth United, also provided volunteer support for the day of the event.

Participants placed their food donations in bags or boxes by their mailbox and letter carriers picked them up on their daily route. Donations were then brought to the Pittsfield Post Office where volunteers helped weigh and distribute the food to 16 food pantries and meal programs within Central Berkshire County, helping to provide food for nearly 2,000 individuals and families. 

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