The City of North Adams is holding a food drive from now through Nov. 22, to benefit the Northern Berkshire Interfaith Action Initiative’s Al Nelson Friendship Center Food Pantry, at 43 Eagle Street in North Adams.

Collection boxes decorated by North Adams Public Schools students are set up in the schools and at City Hall, the North Adams Public Library, the Mary Spitzer Center and the North Adams Police and Fire Departments. Non-perishable foods as well as personal care items such as toothpaste, toothbrushes, soap, and shampoo are welcome.

In keeping with a recent trend of encouraging healthy food options, some suggestions include low sodium canned vegetables and soups, whole grain cereals (low in sugar) and/or oatmeal; and no sugar added canned fruit. Don't forget standbys like tuna; peanut butter; brown rice; whole wheat pasta and pasta sauce.

Donations will be delivered to the Al Nelson Friendship Center Food Pantry on Monday, November 25. Last year's drive brought in a record of over 1,000 pounds of food. This year, the challenge has been made to double that amount to an even ton, 2,000 pounds.