The Al Nelson Friendship Center Food Pantry

45 Eagle St., P.O. Box 626, North Adams, MA
Phone: (413) 664-0123
Open Wednesday from 10:00am-2:00pm, Deliveries on Thursday from 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

IMPORTANT NOTICE:  Starting Wednesday, July 14, 2021, we will be returning to the First Baptist Church for intake and menu completion. Our hours will remain 10:00 am - 2:00 pm.  Those who cannot physically come to the pantry may call 413-664-0123 on Wednesday from 9:30 am-2:00 pm to set up a delivery for Thursday between 9:30 am-12:00 pm.  We will continue to distribute pre-packaged boxes of food based on household size for deliveries. However, please specify cans or no cans. If you can get to the pantry,  we will offer rides home.  WEARING A MASK IS MANDATORY FOR DRIVERS AND RIDERS. We thank everyone for their cooperation during the pandemic. Please bear with us as we transition to operating procedures that offer more choice and interaction.  We will post updates on FACEBOOK and through other means as we do our best to return to normal. IF you need a delivery, please call 413-664-0123 by 2:00 pm on Wednesday for delivery on Thursday. There will be no deliveries on Wednesday.  IF UNVACCINATED, PLEASE WEAR A MASK.

Thank you Wild Oats for the $2,804.32 donation from your 'Round Up' Program, February 2021.

Thanks again to A Better Community (ABC) in Williamstown, MA., for your continued support in March 2021!

This program has been supported by a 2021 grant from the James and Robert Hardman Fund of Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation 

The Friendship Center received $5,500.00 from the North Adams Elks Lodge on October 21, 2020.  Thank you for this generous donation!

By: Northern Berkshire Interfaith Action Initiative

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The Al Nelson Friendship Center Food Pantry is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and all donations are tax deductible.

In Memory of Al Nelson

Al Nelson

Originally posted by iBerkshires

Arlon Edward “Al” Nelson, 83, of Clarksburg, Mass., died on Monday, July 16, 2018, at Baystate Medical Center in Springfield, Mass. 

He was born in Providence, R.I., on October 1, 1934, a son of the late Edward and Esther (Soderquist) Nelson. Al graduated from North Attleboro High School and went on to attend the Leland Powers School of Radio, Television & Theater in Boston. He also studied at the National Academy of Broadcasting in Washington, D.C.

He was a decorated veteran of the Korean War, where he served in the U.S. Marine Corps as a Staff Sergeant. Al worked as the program director at the WMNB North Adams radio station for many years. He later worked as the director of the Northern Berkshire United Way. 

Al was very actively involved in his community. He was a member of the Berkshire Community Coalition, where he served on the board in a number of capacities, including as treasurer. He was the co-founder of the Northern Berkshire Faith Action Initiative; the co-founder of the Friendship Food Pantry; served on the advisory board for the Salvation Army, as well as Habitat for Humanity; and enjoyed being a member of the Williams College Quarterback Club. He was also an active member of the First Baptist Church of North Adams, where he served as a longtime deacon.

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