Berkshire Community College (BCC) is teaming up with Berkshire Health Systems (BHS) and the Tri-Town Health Department for a Healthy Food Drive which will be held October 15 through November 2. Proceeds from the drive will go to the Salvation Army in Pittsfield.
Public collection sites are located at Berkshire Community College's Susan B. Anthony Student Center, Berkshire Medical Center (Main Lobby and Cafeteria) Berkshire Medical Center Hillcrest Campus (Main Lobby) and Medical Arts Building (Main Lobby), Tri-Town Health Department and Salvation Army in Pittsfield.
Third Thursday, on October 18 in Pittsfield, will kick off the community education efforts of the 2nd Annual Healthy Food Drive. BHS staff and BCC students from faculty member Annette Guertin's Math classes will be on site to educate individuals on nutritionally beneficial foods and hand out healthy goodies. Applications to receive a healthy tote will be available. No food donations will be accepted at this event.
Suggested food donations for the Healthy Food Drive include: canned chicken, tuna and salmon (in water), hearty soups (low sodium, 5g or more fiber per cup, without hydrogenated fats), chicken, beef, or vegetable broth (low sodium, without hydrogenated fats), canned vegetables (low sodium), canned fruit in its own juice, natural applesauce (with no added sugar and no artificial sweeteners), dry or canned beans, lentils, dried peas, natural peanut butter (preferred brands include; Smucker's, Teddy's, Maple Grove Farms, Nature's Promise), whole grain pasta, brown rice, cereal, shredded wheat and oatmeal (3g or more fiber/ 6g or less of sugar), jam (Tap ‘n' Apple butter or Polaner All-Fruit), Vinegar (balsamic or white balsamic), extra virgin olive oil or canola oil, dried fruit, including raisins, cranberries, apricots (no added sugar), nuts, including walnuts and almonds, evaporated milk, dry milk powder, bottled water and pasta sauce.
BCC's Service-Learning students will be crunching the numbers to determine the nutritional value of the donations. Throughout the drive, the Service-Learning students will be tracking and graphing important measures like sodium and fat content, sugars, fiber as well as essential vitamins and minerals. The final results will be presented at the culminating distribution day and healthy food fair at the Salvation Army on Friday, November 16 from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM.
Recipients will be chosen by the Salvation Army based on need. Applications for a Healthy Food Tote will be available at the Service-Learning Office at BCC, BHS Community Outreach Program, Salvation Army and other community agencies from now until the end of the drive on November 2. Ten percent of the food collected on BCC campus will benefit students in need as part of the Student Government Association's Trick or Treat for Canned Goods.
For more information, call Mary Parkman at 413-236-2176.