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

The Berkshire Food Project was started by Williams College students in 1987. They recognized that there had been a shift in the region from a industrial to a service economy, resulting in unemployment and under-employment. Many young people left the North Adams area in search of jobs, leaving older family members in the community who lacked the job skills which emerging technological firms would require.

Elizabeth Wheeler, then pastor of the First Congregational Church in North Adams, offered the Project a place in which to prepare and serve free meals. Initial funding was provided (and still is) by a monthly meatless meal at Williams. The College donates one dollar to the Project for each student participant.

In 1998, the Berkshire Food Project established a new program called People Helping Other People (P-HOP), designed to offer support to young mothers and their children. The program has grown to include the discussion of issues surrounding domestic violence, self-esteem, life-coping skills, as well as information about nutrition and cooking. A variety of guest speakers enhance the program.

The Food Project
where people of widely different ages and circumstances can meet one another on a friendly basis and with mutual respect

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Kim McMann is the new executive director at the Berkshire Food Project.
After nearly 25 years, we say farewell to Valerie Schwarz.
"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 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!
"Recently, a woman called from out of town and said she googled the words “SNAP benefits in North Adams” and the Berkshire Food Project (BFP) was the first name on the list, so.."
“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...”