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FRAMINGHAM – The 200 Foundation is providing funds to Framingham & Worcester-based restaurants to assist first responders, healthcare workers, and families and individuals in need.

“We discovered that due to social distancing that many food pantries are shutdown. Utilizing restaurants as a distribution network is key to our success,” said the Foundation, about the new grant program.

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In order to receive the funds, the restaurants need to be open and providing food to the community.

“This is a way to thank them for assisting us in the past as well as creating new relationships. It also helps in keeping people employed during this
pandemic,” said The 200 Foundation President Phil Ottaviani Jr.

In MetroWest, Jack’s Abby in Framingham, La Cantina in Framingham, Zumi Pizza in Southborough, and Wayside Inn in Sudbury will each receive $1,500.

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Zumi Pizza and Jack’s Abby were asked to use their funds to provide meals to those in need during this pandemic.

Jack’s Abby said with the donation from The 200 Foundation, the business was able to donate 75 pizza.

Jack’s has been donating 150 pizzas a week since the coronavirus crisis began in March to those in the community who need help or are taking care of others.

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La Cantina and the Wayside Inn were asked to provide meals for first responders (police, fire, EMS) and Framingham Union Hospital employees during this health care crisis.

The 200 Foundation also provided Kenmore Diner and La Scala in the Worcester area with $1,500. Those funds are to help first responders, healthcare workers, and the community. A $1,500 grant was also given to Pizza di Napoli.

Founded in 1964, The 200 Foundation is a group of MetroWest business and community leaders who volunteer their time to raise money for programs that assist families and individuals throughout Massachusetts.

As a 501(c) 3 non-profit organization, The 200 Foundation provides grants that support local services such as food pantries, shelters, rehabilitation, and child service organizations.


Photo of The 200 Foundation President Phil Ottiviani giving a check to Zumi Pizza in Southborough (taken before masks were required by the CDC).

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Susan Petroni is the former editor for SOURCE. She is the founder of the former news site, which as of May 1, 2023, is now a self-publishing community bulletin board. The website no longer has a journalist but a webmaster.