Food pantries in Northern Berkshire County are grappling with how to keep serving residents in need while keeping everyone safe during the COVID-19 pandemic.

While the St. John Paul Charity Center food pantry in Adams announced it will be closed until further notice, both the Al Nelson Friendship Center in North Adams and the Williamstown Food Pantry have opted to modify their routines to continue to remain open.

Carol DeMayo, who runs the Williamstown Food Pantry, said absent any formal direction from officials, she and her team decided to pre-bag items and leave them on a table outside the pantry's outside door for people to drive by and grab this Wednesday, March 18, which is the pantry's regular distribution day.

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