The Al Nelson Friendship Center Food Pantry has helped so many in these tough times, and they continue to do so.

Around 16 months after they had to drastically change their programs in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, The Friendship Center and food Pantry are starting to make major changes to return to a new normal in which our pantry friends will have more options.

Their Wednesday hours will stay the same, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Sign-ins now will take place at the Eagle Street Room of the First Baptist Church of North Adams (enter through the door on the lower Eagle Street side of the church).

They will no longer be signing in people at the food pantry.

Vaccinated people will not need to wear masks in the Eagle Street Room, Folks that are un-vaccinated do so. In addition to signing in at the Eagle Street Room, members will also be able to fill out a form to indicate what foods and other items they want at the food pantry.

No services or refreshments will be available at the Eagle Street Room for right now. The Center would like to keep crowding to a minimum and enable people to move quickly down to the Food Pantry at 45 Eagle Street.

At 45 Eagle St., the Al Nelson Friendship Center, the center will let up to four individuals come in at one time, to present their item list, select produce and breads and have their order filled.

At this time they will no longer have a waiting area in the food pantry, as this space is taken up by prepared food boxes for delivery. People will not be able to wait for rides inside the Friendship Center.

Their program to give people rides home with their groceries will return. Members will still have to come to the food pantry first. Mask policy: All riders and drivers in the rides home program must wear masks during their ride. No exceptions. We will provide masks for those who do not have one.

Their Thursday deliveries program will remain the same. This is for shut-ins and people who have no transportation or otherwise cannot make it to the food pantry on Wednesdays between 10 and 2. Call on Wednesday between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. for delivery on Thursday. Number: 413-664-0123.

Deliveries are made on Thursdays between 9:30 and 11:30 a.m. Food choice will not be possible with deliveries due to the volume of calls we receive.

The Al Nelson Friendship Center Food Pantry is a program of the Northern Berkshire Interfaith Action Initiative Inc. The NBIAI, founded in 2010, is “a group of people of different faiths and denominations, working with others of goodwill, to serve our community.”

These wonderful people serve families in North Adams, Clarksburg and Florida Mountain. Households are eligible to receive food every two weeks.

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