Area schools continue to provide free meals to students whose families rely on this supplemental nutrition source.
But since schools have closed for several weeks to avoid possible spread of the new coronavirus, several districts are providing meals to go.
For two hours at midday, for example, young people can come to the Boys & Girls Club of the Berkshires, visit a side room off the nonprofit's 16 Melville St. lobby and leave with two meals.
"Any kid can come in and grab what they want," said Joseph McGovern, the club's executive director. The food is prepared by staff with the Pittsfield public schools.
To reduce the possibility of contagion, many of the new distribution sites are "grab-and-go" style. Hours of operation depend on location.
The following is a partial list of distribution sites that educators are using for meal deliveries in Berkshire County. (To be added to this list, districts can email email@example.com.)
Berkshire Hills Regional
Families in the Berkshire Hills district will be able to pick up meals in a drive-through system arranged by Superintendent Peter Dillon. The hours of distribution, starting Tuesday, are 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Families are asked to email the district at firstname.lastname@example.org and provide the number of meals requested.
The distribution sites are:
- Monument Valley Regional Middle School, in the main loop.
- Great Barrington Fire Station, 37 State Road, in the back parking area.
- Housatonic Community Center, known as the Housy Dome, at 1064 Main St., front entrance.
- Stockbridge Town Hall, using the back entrance.
- West Stockbridge Town Hall, at the front entrance.
The city's public schools are providing "grab and go" meals on a first-come, first-served basis through April 3, the district said in a news release. The meals will be available from 11 a.m. to noon only.
Children must be present to receive both a lunch and a breakfast at the following locations:
- Brayton Elementary School, 20 Barbour St.
- Colegrove Park Elementary School, 24 Church St.
- Mohawk Forest Apartments, 201 Mohawk Forest Blvd.
- Greylock Valley Apartments, 48 Angeli St.
The hours for distribution in Pittsfield are 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Two meals will be made available (a lunch and a breakfast) at these locations through March 27, the district announced Saturday:
- Morningside Community School, 100 Burbank St.
- Conte Community School, 200 West Union St.
- Dower Square Housing Village, 253 Wahconah St.
- The Berkshire Family YMCA, 292 North St.
- Gladys Brigham Center, 165 East St.
- Boys & Girls Club of the Berkshires, 16 Melville St.
- The Brattlebrook Apartments, April Lane.
Southern Berkshire Regional
Meals will be available from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Undermountain Elementary School entrance.
The free meals programs are supported by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.