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-4:00pm, Deliveries on Thursday from 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

IMPORTANT NOTICE:  Starting Wednesday, August 12, 2020, the Al Nelson Friendship Center Food Pantry will return to operating out of our home at 45 Eagle Street.  Our hours will change to 10:00am - 4:00 pm for those coming directly to the Friendship Center. Intake and distribution will take place at the front door.  Those who cannot physically come to the pantry or who feel ill, may call 413-664-0123 on Wednesday during pantry hours to set up a delivery for Thursday between 10-12.  We will continue to distribute pre-packaged boxes of food based on household size. For the time being, we will no longer utilize the First Baptist Church. If you have a vehicle, please come to 45 Eagle Street.  We can no longer give rides home.  We regret that concern for the health of our members, volunteers, and wider community necessitates these changes.  We will post updates on FACEBOOK and through other means as we do our best to adapt to this changing situation. IF you need a delivery, please call 413-664-0123 by 3:30 pm on Wednesday for a delivery on Thursday. There will be no deliveries on Wednesday.

Thanks to a grant from A Better Community (ABC) in Williamstown, MA, we are now able to regularly stock baby food on our shelves. Thanks ABC!

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

This program has been supported by the Jewish Federation of the Berkshires.

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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