(413) 664-7378
134 Main Street - PO BOX 651
North Adams, MA 01247

Darlene Ellis, Kitchen Manager

Darlene“My proudest moment and favorite story is when one of our regular guests came in and asked if there would be enough food to feed an extra busload of people. I said, “We would always have enough.” Thank God we did!

I talked to a man about what his needs were, which was a learning experience and not something that I had dealt with at the food project before. His group of 17 men and women were stranded in North Adams; they had run out of gas and were eating out of dumpsters and had little to no clothing.. most didn’t even have shoes.

We had them come to the BFP. Our regular customers were more than a little put back by their appearance, and several came to report to me that they were not wearing shoes.

"They should not be allowed in the dining hall," they said.  

I really had not anticipated this response from our regulars. I could have handled the situation differently, but I felt that these people deserved to be treated like any of our other guests and allowed them into the dining room to eat with everyone else.

When someone asked about their clothing or shoe situation, I asked them, “so I shouldn't feed them because they have no clothes or shoes?”

Some people disapproved, but I stood my ground and was happy to deliver this message to our people. “We don’t turn anyone away”.


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News
09/19/2017
Kim McMann is the new executive director at the Berkshire Food Project.
09/19/2017
After nearly 25 years, we say farewell to Valerie Schwarz.
06/08/2016
"I wanted to share the wonderful article in the Berkshire Eagle about Mrs. Lawson's field trip to the Berkshire Food Project and all the great work that is being done by the students in the gardens outside of Brayton." -John Franzoni
Stories of Pride
“My proudest moment is after the meal has been served. When you get the opportunity to grab a plate of the meal you just helped prepare, and get the opportunity to go and sit in the dining room, converse with your community, and make new friends...”
“My proudest moment and favorite story is when one of our regular guests came in and asked if there would be enough food to feed an extra busload of people. I said, “We would always have enough.” Thank God we did!
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