The "win-win" fund-raiser raises funds through a Gofundme campaign that will be turned into vouchers for $50 that can be redeemed at participating restaurants. Donors' contributions therefore benefit both the families, who receive meals, and the restaurants, who get the money to help carry them through the difficult economic times.
The weeklong Cultural Appreciation Week celebrates diversity, equity, and inclusion in the courts and communities throughout the commonwealth. This year's theme is "We Rise by Lifting Others, Justice and Culture: Bridging the Gap."
On Saturday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and on all three remaining Saturdays this month, the Community Chest will accept donations for the town's food pantries and thank donors with a coupon for a "sweet treat" at a local shop.
The annual drive collects nonperishable foods from the North Adams Public Schools, City Hall, Police Department, Fire Department, Spitzer Center and the library. Organized through the public schools, the food drive started with the opening of the Friendship Center Pantry on Eagle Street in 2011.