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A one-day fundraiser by Dunkin' restaurants in the Berkshires produced a $3,016 donation to the Food Bank of Western Massachusetts.

Dunkin' donated $1 from every cup of iced coffee sold at participating restaurants Aug. 26.

Jillian Morgan of the food bank said the gift will underwrite the cost of more than 12,000 meals provided in Berkshire County.

"We're so grateful for Dunkin's support at this time when so many people in our community are struggling to put food on the table," she said.

Food insecurity in Western Massachusetts has increased since the coronavirus pandemic began. The food bank supplies food to the region's emergency food network.

Warrior-Scholar Project

For the first year, Williams College partnered with the national nonprofit Warrior-Scholar Project to help veterans prepare for higher education.

In an effort to guide veterans through their transition from the military and help them successfully complete undergraduate programs, the project hosts immersive academic boot camps in partnership with some of the nation's top colleges and universities, at no cost to enlisted service members.

Nine student veterans attended the academic boot camp at Williams from Aug. 2-7, focusing on humanities curriculum.

Though this year's program was held completely online in response to the coronavirus pandemic, students had the opportunity to learn from Williams faculty, receive mentoring from fellow student veterans, and begin to adjust to a formal learning environment — all key components of the in-person program that were adapted for a virtual setting.

During the weeklong course at Williams, veteran students spent six days focusing on humanities-based curriculum designed to help them develop skills in analytical reading and academic writing while providing tools for success with college-level seminars and assignments.

Support from Williams College and investments made by foundations, corporations and private donors cover the entire cost of the program for participants.

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


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