Thanksgiving begins early at community meal sites

Wednesday November 14, 2012

Thanksgiving begins this week with lunches and dinners at community meal sites around the Berkshires and continues through Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 22.

Most meals are free and open to all, but reservations may be necessary. Check the listings below.

The Jewish Federation of the Berkshires at Congregation Knesset Israel (16 Colt Road, Pittsfield; (413) 442-2200), is holding a senior Thanksgiving lunch this Thursday, Nov. 15, at 12 noon. A donation of $2 is suggested for those over 60 and $6 for those under 60. Call for a reservation by 9 a.m. Thursday.

Meals on Wheels has organized a Thanksgiving lunch by reservation this Thursday at congregate meal sites around the county in Adams, Becket, Cheshire, Dalton, Great Barrington, Hinsdale, Lanes borough, Lee, Lenox, North Adams, Pittsfield, Providence Court Pitts field, Stockbridge and Williamstown.

Times vary. A $2 donation is suggested. Check website for phone numbers and meal site information; Call today to make reservations.

St. Stephen’s Table (67 East St. at Allen Street., Pittsfield; (413) 448-8276) will serve a Thanksgiving dinner this Thursday at 5:15 p.m. It is free and open to all. Walk-ins accepted.

All Saints Episcopal Church of North Adams will deliver Thanksgiving meals to those who request them by this Friday by calling (413) 664-9656 between 1:30 and 5:30 p.m. Leave a message and someone will return the call.

Salvation Army (300 West St., Pittsfield, (413) 442-0624 will serve a turkey dinner with all the trimmings made by Captain Scott Peabody and his wife Captain Karen Peabody and people from the church, on Sunday at 4:30 p.m. It is free and open to all. Walk-ins accepted.

Berkshire Food Project, First Congregational Church, 134 Main St. North Adams; (413) 664-7378; www. will serve a Community Thanksgiving Chefs Dinner on Monday, Nov. 19, from 4:30 to 8:30 p.m. Prepared by Food Project chef Jared Polens and North Berkshire chefs Chris Bonnivier, Greg Roach and others, the dinner is free and open to all. Walk-ins accepted and volunteers welcome.

Berkshire South Community Center (25 Crissey Road, Great Barrington, (413) 528-2810 ext. 10) will hold its 5th Annual Community Thanks Supper on Tuesday, Nov. 20, with three seatings: 4 p.m., 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. Dinners are open to all and free by reservation, but donations are accepted and volunteers are welcome.

The Christian Center (393 Robbins Ave. at Linden Street, Pittsfield; (413) 443-2828) will host a turkey dinner from 12 noon to 1 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, Nov. 22. Doors open at 11:30 a.m. Meals will be delivered to elderly and shut-ins. The meal is free and open to all. Walk-ins accepted. Call any day up to Thanksgiving day at noon to get a meal delivered.

Berkshire Vegan Network will host a vegan potluck Living Thanksgiving at the United Methodist Church of Lenox, 6 Holmes Road at Route 7, Lenox, on Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 22, at 1 p.m.. Adults are $7; children 3 to 12 are $3. Reservations are required and may be made by contacting Melissa Campbell (413) 684-0176 or

Each person is asked to bring a vegan dish free of all animal products that will serve 10. Attach a recipe card with ingredients to each dish. Coffee and hot and cold water will be provided. Guests must bring their own place settings and utensils and will share time after dinner to express thankfulness. Speakers will be Aram Polster and Miriam Jones.

The Guthrie Center (4 Van Deusenville Road at Division Street, Great Barrington; (413) 528-1955) will host a dinner catered by Samuel’s Deli on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, Nov. 22, at 1 p.m. It is free and open to all by reservation. Call for transportation; volunteers welcome.


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