Eph football serves 300 Thanksgiving dinners at Berkshire Food Project

Jelani Medford '14
Jelani Medford '14

NORTH ADAMS, MA -- About a dozen Williams College football players along with head coach Aaron Kelton, his wife Charlotte, and assistant coach Kyle Smesko served a special Thanksgiving dinner at the Northern Berkshire Food Project housed at the first Congregational Church at 18 Main Street in North Adams on Monday night.

A free Thanksgiving dinner was served from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. to 300 local residents and was presented by chefs Chris Bonnivier of Gala Restaurant in Williamstown; Sandy Smith of Gramercy Bistro in North Adams; Greg Roach of Wild Oats Community Market in Williamstown; Lisa Harvey of Green River Farms Catering in Williamstown and Tim Manthei of the Williams Inn in Williamstown.

Alex Scyocurka '14 (front)
Adam Marske '14
Richie Beaton '14

Members of the undefeated 2010 Williams College football team served the meal and cleaned the facility at the conclusion of the event along with some students from MCLA. Senior Pat Moffitt and
sophomore Chris Kim were also on hand, but not captured in any photos.

Sam Krieg '13 Jeff Riemann '13

See the North Adams Transcript's coverage of the dinner here.

Richie Beaton & Charlotte Kelton Ebenezer Gyasi (l.) & Kyle Smesko


Berkshire Food Project

The Berkshire Food Project was begun by Williams College students in 1987. They recognized that there had been a shift in the region from an industrial to a service economy, resulting in unemployment and under-employment. Many young people left the North Adams area in search of jobs, leaving older family members in the community who lacked the job skills which emerging technological firms would require.

Elizabeth Wheeler, then pastor of the First Congregational Church in North Adams, offered the Project a place in which to prepare and serve free meals. Initial funding was provided (and still is) by a monthly meatless meal at Williams. The College donates one dollar to the Project for each student participant.

See more on the Berkshire food Project here.

Jelani Medford (front) and Andrew
Knez '11 cleaning up
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