Food Pantries and Meal Sites in Berkshire County (Since program hours and days can change without notice, please call the location to be sure of times and requirements) Updated June, 2019
Updated February 2016 this guide includes extensive information about services available for a wide variety of needs, from emergency to family support to mental health care. There is also a list of all the area schools and police stations. Check the source for more recent information.
Special Pentecost Event
Joining with Berkshire county churches, led by Rise against Hunger, we filled 20,000 bags each of which is a meal to be sent to those in need. This video, posted on Facebook, from the Rev. Mary Francis Curns captures the spirit of the day. Thank you to the Rev. Tim Weisman, Pastor of Zion Lutheran Church for hosting the event.
Berkshire Immigrant Center
We support the Berkshire Immigrant Center in Pittsfield, Massachusetts. The following video, filmed and edited by the Rev. Vicki Ix, Communications Director/Missioner, was presented the the annual Diocesan convention aimed at highlighting the importance of knowing our immigrant neighbors and hearing their stories.
For the last few years we have begun to focus our efforts in some specific areas through which we connect to those beyond our parish who are in need. We call these organizations our missional partners, using the specific language from our training in Partnership for Missional Church. Unlike Gideon’s Garden, which we operate with Taft Farms, we participate alongside others in the running of these programs.
Saturday, 10 am – noon. Located in the Airlodi Building (45 Railroad St.) in Lee, MA. 413-266-1141 for information
The People’s Pantry began many years ago in the garage of what was St. James Episcopal Church. It is now located at St. James Place, 352 Main St., in Great Barrington, back where it began so to speak. It is open every Thursday morning 10:00am-12:00pm. Grace parishioners are part of one of the seven teams that serve the People’s Pantry.
Each Sunday morning Grace parishioners bring the designated “item of the week” for the Lee Pantry. Additionally, during the growing season vegetables from Gideon’s Garden are donated to six food pantries weekly. Grace parishioners are always especially helpful in delivering and stocking when the Post Office or other organizations have food drives for the pantries.
We also supply vegetables to these community programs from Gideon’s Garden:
Community Health Programs:
CHP Nutrition Services
The Guthrie Center:
Guthrie Center Lunch Program
Diversity training and community building
This summer we began a new initiative called Community Network Dinners. Four dinners will occur over three months, each with a different focus, where members of Grace Church will have conversations with members of chosen communities. The first dinner focused on youth and our special guests were members of Railroad Street Youth Project. Before the second dinner, with its focus on the Hispanic community, and issues that local immigrants face, Doreen Hutchinson, Co-chair of the Grace Wisdom/Outreach group that has organized the project, spoke with The Rev. Annie Ryder of Christ Trinity Church in a radio interview.
On the Religious Roundtable, a WSBS program, The Rev. Annie Ryder interviews Doreen Hutchinson to explore the inspiration and goals of the Community Network Dinners initiative begun by Grace Church, an Episcopal Community in the Southern Berkshires. Annie, of Christ Trinity, Sheffield is one of the four hosts of the weekly program; Doreen, of Grace Church, is a parishioner of Grace and co-chair of its Wisdom/Outreach Committee. WSBS is the local radio station for Great Barrington and surrounding towns in Western Massachusetts. The location for the dinners is The Guthrie Center, and the first dinner, focused on youth, is pictured while the recording plays.