County Fare: Postal workers' drive delivers 13,000 pounds of food


A total of 13,000 pounds of non-perishable food donated last month will help to provide food for more than 1,800 individuals and families in Central Berkshire County.

Local branch No. 286 of the National Association of Letter Carriers and Postal Workers held its Letter Carriers Food Drive in Central Berkshire County on May 14, with volunteer and coordination support from members of Berkshire Youth United, Berkshire Community Action Council and Berkshire United Way.

Participants placed their food donations in bags or boxes by their mailbox and letter carriers picked them up on their daily route. Donations were then brought to the Pittsfield Post Office, where 25 volunteers helped weigh the food and distribute it to 15 food pantries and meal programs.

Pets get donations

Herberg Middle School's state-funded 21st Century Community Learning Centers' Community Connection service-learning group recently held a pet supply drive in efforts to support the two animal shelters in Pittsfield.

With guidance of teachers Beth Trainor and Dorothy McGurn, eight students were able to collect dozens of packages of pet food, cat and dog toys, and cleaning supplies, which were delivered to the Berkshire Humane Society and Eleanor Sonsini Animal Shelter.

Nominees for NAMI

The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Berkshire County chapter is seeking award nominations for the 2016 Eunice Zorobo Awards, which will be presented during the organization's annual meeting in September.

The deadline to nominate someone is Monday, June 13. The following are the 2016 Euince Zorbo Award categories for nominations:

• Member of the Year

This award recognizes a member as someone who contributes enthusiastically to NAMI Berkshire County's activities in support of its mission to help families whose lives are affected by mental illness.

• Citizen of the Year

This award is given to someone who has shown an understanding of mental illnesses and advocates for improvement in treatment of those who live with mental illnesses and their caregivers.

• The Silver Ribbon

This award recognized an advocate in the mental health field whose work has shown a commitment to the care of those whose lives are affected by mental illnesses.

To nominate someone, please submit the individual's first and last name and a statement of why you feel they should receive the award to or mail it to: NAMI Berkshire County, 333 East St., Room 417, Pittsfield, MA 01201.

County Fare, a weekly column featuring "tales from throughout the Berkshires," is compiled by Eagle staffers.


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