Tuesday April 30, 2013

PITTSFIELD -- The Berkshire District Attorney’s Office is participating in a competition to raise money and food for those in need and is asking for the public’s help.

"There are a lot of people out there who need help," said Second Assistant Berkshire District Attorney Robert W. Kinzer III. "We’ll try to do whatever we can to help."

The Massachusetts Legal Food Frenzy is a "benevolent competition" held annually within the state’s legal community to "raise funds and collect food for food pantries, soup kitchens, and shelters during a traditionally slow time for donations," according to a press release.

While now in its fourth year, this is the first time the Berkshire DA’s office is participating in the event and is the first organization in the Berkshires’ legal community to do so, said Kinzer.

Here, the donations will be going to the Food Bank of Western Massachusetts, which is based out of Hatfield and provides needed food to residents in Berkshire, Hampshire, Franklin and Hampden counties.

The two-week campaign started Monday and runs through May 10.

People can drop off food items at provided receptacles located in the lobby of the DA’s office, 7 North St., Pittsfield, or at the satellite office at 111 Holden St., North Adams. Monetary donations can also be dropped off at the two offices or you can donate online at www.firstgiving.com.

The recommended donations of food include plastic bottles or cans of juice; canned tuna, chicken or other meats; canned soups or chili; pasta, rice, or other grains; dry or boxed shelf-stable milk; canned vegetables; canned beans; healthy cereal; and peanut butter.