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Berkshire County Courts Host Weeklong Food Drive

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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Berkshire County courts and Pittsfield Community Corrections Center are hosting three separate weeklong food and supply drives to benefit non-profit agencies across the county as part of the Massachusetts Trial Court's statewide 4th annual Cultural Appreciation Week 2020, Oct. 19-23.
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." 
In the spirit of the theme, event organizers decided to help those who are experiencing food insecurity. The pandemic has increased the level of food insecurity, according to Feeding America which found that one in seven people may not have access to three healthy meals a day and one in five children in Massachusetts now live in food-insecure households, an 81 percent increase over pre-COVID-19 food insecurity levels.
The courts and center are among more than 70 state courts, offices, and departments hosting food and supply drives across the commonwealth. The idea for the drives originated in Berkshire County. 
The Southern Berkshire District Food Drive will support Multicultural BRIDGE (Berkshire Resources for Integration of Diverse Groups and Education )in Lee.
Berkshire County Court Complex drive hosted by Central Berkshire, Superior, and Probate & Family courts as well as Community Corrections Center will benefit the St. Joseph's Food Pantry and the Elizabeth Freeman Center.
Northern Berkshire District Court's food drive will provide food for the Berkshire Food Project in North Adams.
Non-perishable food and supplies may be dropped off at the following locations:
Southern Berkshire District Court, 9 Gilmore Ave., in Great Barrington; bins set up for donated food and supplies from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
• Suggested donations: canned soups, beans, tuna and chicken; peanut butter and jelly; dried beans; tortillas (corn & flour); grits; and salsa.
Berkshire County Court Complex, 76 East St., in Pittsfield; bins will be set up in front of the complex from from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
• Suggested donations: non-perishable food, cleaning supplies, laundry pods, full-size shampoo, conditioner, razors and shave gel, twin and full fleece blankets, new bed pilows, brooms and dustpans, kitchen serving utensils, diapers, and new socks and underwear.
Northern Berkshire District Court, 111 Holden St., North Adams; non-perishable items will be collected in bins set up under a tent in the parking lot from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Suggested donations: canned food, pasta, dried beans, rice.

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MCLA Hosts Tour, Information Session for College of Saint Rose Students

NORTH ADAMS, Mass.—MCLA offers support and encouragement to The College of Saint Rose students, family, and community. 
"We are saddened by the news of Saint Rose's closure and offer support and care for their students as they navigate their next steps," said MCLA President James F. Birge.  
The college announced on Friday, Dec. 24 it will close after the Spring 2024 semester.
For students who may have questions about their educational options, MCLA will host a Tour and Information Session on Tuesday, Dec. 19 at 11 a.m. Those that can't attend this date and time can email to schedule another time to visit. 
"As the official teach out partner for the closure of Southern Vermont College, MCLA has a successful track record, and is committed to providing Saint Rose students with a pathway to ensure equitable and optimal transfer of credits to MCLA," said Birge. 
MCLA will provide an expedited transfer process, providing an admission decision within 48-72 hours of receiving a completed online application and all necessary supporting documents. MCLA will accept all currently matriculated students who are in good academic and judicial standing at The College of Saint Rose. 
Reduced tuition rates and campus housing will be offered to Saint Rose students. Register for the tour and information session and learn more about our supportive community and the seamless transfer process to MCLA.
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