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

2006 Summary

The Berkshire Food Project was founded in 1987 by students from Williams College, in conjunction with local supporters and the Rev. Elizabeth Wheeler of the First Congregational Church in North Adams.  They responded to a pronounced rise in unemployment and poverty in northern Berkshire County after the closing of several large industrial employers.  Since then, the Project has gained volunteer and donor support from across the region, yet our Board of Directors still includes several students, faculty, and staff from Williams and the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts.  Our Executive Director since 1993, Valerie Schwarz, leads a pool of some 25 volunteers along with kitchen assistant Linda Palmer.  

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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...”