Community Recreation Association to Hold Food Drive

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DALTON, Mass. — The Community Recreation Association is holding a food drive to benefit neighbors in need. 
 
As part of the effort of "Staying Connected to Our Community," the Community Recreation Association (CRA) is holding a Food Drive on Sunday, Sept. 20 from 9 am to 12 pm to benefit neighbors in need. 
 
Donations collected during the drive will support the St. Agnes and the United Methodist Church Food Banks in Dalton and The First Congregational Church Food Bank in Hinsdale.
 
For safety, canned goods or non-perishable food items should be left on the curb in front of the Community House at 400 Main St. Dalton. A member of the CRA team will collect the donation.
 
The drive will be held rain or shine.
 
For more information, please contact the CRA at 684-0260 or visit daltoncra.org. 
 
The CRA has served Central Berkshires for over 90 years. The CRA is a nonprofit organization with a mission to provide social, educational, cultural and recreational activities in a safe, healthy and welcoming environment. 
 

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