Council on Aging Daily Update - Williamstown, MA
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Council on Aging Daily Update

Updates, Monday August 24th, 2020

In case you were wondering, and I’m  hearing that some of you are…as of today Williams has done 925 Cov-19 tests and there have been zero positive test results.  So far so good right? There’s a daily dashboard on the College website where you can check yourselves and see how things are progressing. Just go to www.williams.edu and you’ll find the Covid 19 information on the front page. Massachusetts continues to make progress against the pandemic and here in Berkshire we’re in really good shape! You can check this out for yourselves too, https://www.mass.gov/orgs/department-of-public-health is the address, everything you want to know about the Coronavirus pandemic in the Commonwealth by county, city or town- even hospital admissions…none here in Berkshire by the way. Of course, there will be cases here and there, we just don’t want monster spikes like they’re having in other places.. Keep your masks on, stay socially distant and we’ll be fine!

Do you know what the NRFU is…? It’s the “Non Response Follow Up” currently active out there on the streets checking with all of your neighbors who didn’t take the time to respond to the earlier census requests…They’ll be knocking. Make sure that you answer.

Monday. Time for the food resources list for the week.

The meals from the Regional School district have ended. If you’re having difficulty with the noon meal, call us here at Harper and we’ll connect you with Meals on Wheels from Elder Services. 413.458.8250

Friday August 28th, this week folks, is  Brown Bag and we’ll be delivering to you between 2-3 on Friday afternoon…

Williamstown Farmers Market – Essentials! The virtual market is accepting orders at www.WFMEssentials.org  weekly from 10:00 Tuesday  until 7PM on Wednesday. They will double Farmers Market Coupons. We have available coupons, call us at 413.458.8250 for information.  

They have  also launched something they call the WFM-Community Essentials Initiative.  This initiative will enable you to donate for the purchase of market produce to help local food pantries in their mission to alleviate food insecurity in the community. Here’s a link

https://www.wfmessentials.org/product/join-the-wfm-community-essentials-initiative-/44

 All donations are matched 100% due to the generosity of Berkshire United Way and Berkshire Health Systems.  Your participation will help local farmers and  our neighbors who need just a little help to get by…

North Adams Farmers Market,:-www.Facebook.com/NorthAdamsFarmersMarket/ Open for in person shopping on Saturday mornings from 9:00-1:00 at the Armory on Ashland Street in North Adams. You can still order electronically and pick up or shop in person.. You can use your Farmer Market Coupons there too. Or any Farmers Market in Massachusetts…they’re good until Halloween. 

The Salvation Army Food Pantry on  River Street in North Adams is in operation Tuesday-12:00-3:00. Please use the front door

 The Community Bible Church Food Pantry, 160 Bridges Road, Williamstown Call Phyllis Babcock (413) 663-6094 and she will meet you at church at your convenience.

The Williamstown Food Pantry at St Patrick/St Raphael Church, 9:00-12:00 Wednesday.  Same procedure, circle the church, stay in your car, someone will help. Walkers to the front of the line, you go first. Remember, you have to wear a mask and practice social distancing if you go there! It’s the rule in Massachusetts!

The Sunday “Take and Eat” meals courtesy of Williamstown churches is a Sunday hot meal delivery.. If you are interested in the program, let us know here at 413.458.8250 and we’ll refer you…

Berkshire Food Project-take-out only on M-W-and F. Enter through the breezeway and exit from the dining room out to Summer Street. Masks and social distance required. . There are also no restroom facilities available for use at this time.. Berkshire Food Project: Home

The Al Nelson Friendship Center Food Pantry has  returned to 45 Eagle Street in North Adams,  to 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday for those coming directly to the Friendship Center. Intake and food distribution will take place at the front door. Those who cannot physically come to the food pantry or who feel ill, may call 413-664-0123 on Wednesday during hours of operation to set up a delivery. Deliveries will take place between 10 a.m. and noon on Thursday. 

Happy Monday all!

Brian