North Adams city employees and community members donated 1,044 pounds of non-perishable food and personal care items during the city’s annual holiday food drive to benefit the Northern Berkshire Interfaith Action Initiative’s Al Nelson Friendship Center, located at 43 Eagle Street in North Adams.

North Adams Mayor Thomas Bernard, with the assistance of School Superintendent Barbara Malkas as well as city and Friendship Center volunteers delivered the collected items to the food pantry on Monday. Mayor Bernard expressed his appreciation to the community, noting, “Together, the members of the North Adams community contributed over a half ton of food – a record for this drive – to the center. The generosity of city staff and our friends and neighbors will help support the Al Nelson Friendship Center’s mission of ‘working with others of goodwill to find ways to serve our community.’ THANK YOU to everyone who contributed!”

From November 5-16, collection boxes decorated by students from the North Adams Public Schools were available at City Hall, the North Adams Public Schools central office, The North Adams Public Library, the Mary Spitzer Center and the North Adams Police and Fire Departments.