CEI – Community Essentials Initiative

WFM-Community Essentials Initiative (CEI) allows our market to provide weekly donations of food to families in northern Berkshire County who are in need.

Food is being purchased weekly with financial contributions made to the market through donations from the community. Berkshire Health Systems and Berkshire United Way have agreed to match donations 100%, thus doubling the amount of food that can be purchased.  In addition, our farmers are donating surplus items, when available.  


Williamstown Farmers Market Community Essential Initiative


Partnering with food pantries in North Adams and Williamstown, Charles Bonenti of the St. John’s Eposcopal Church Outreach Committee in Williamstown, says of the initiative:

“St. John’s Episcopal Church is very grateful to the Williamstown Farmers Market, one of our outreach partners, for its generous weekly offerings of fresh local produce to the Al Nelson Friendship Center Food Pantry serving North Berkshire families in need.” 

For the month of June 2021 we were thrilled to be the recipient organization for the Round Up for Change program organized by the Wild Oats Market and funded entirely through the generosity of Wild Oats members and customers. All donations that the Williamstown Farmers Market received from this program – totaling over $3,500 – will go directly toward purchases by the Community Essentials Initiative for weekly donations to food pantries of fresh local produce and eggs.

If you would like to make a direct contribution, you can do so through the following outlets:

Online: Donate securely online through our Square page HERE using your credit/debit card, Google Pay, etc. 

In Person: Find the market manager each Saturday on Spring Street from 9-1pm.

By Mail: A donation by check can be made out to Williamstown Farmers Market and sent to PO Box 222, Williamstown, MA 01267.