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FRAMINGHAM – For almost 10 years, the Pearl Street Cupboard & Café at Park (PSCC) has been a lifeline for many in the community struggling to make ends meet.

MetroWest residents who need a meal are always welcome at the Pearl Street Café, no questions asked.

Lunch is available seven days a week from noon to 1 p.m. and dinner is offered Monday through Friday from 5:30 to 7 p.m.

The United Way of Tri-County (UWTC) will round out their hot meal program at the Pearl Street Café beginning yesterday, June 15, by offering breakfast to anyone seeking help.

The organization served 10 people yesterday and 30 today, June 16.

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Adding a nutritious morning meal to UWTC’s direct service program to feed adults, children and seniors would not be possible without their collaboration with Starbucks and the Greater Boston Food Bank.

Breakfast will be available weekdays from 9 to 10 a.m. and include healthy food options, like, egg sandwiches, breakfast burritos, bagels with cream cheese, coffee, and juice.

“It has been our goal for many years to be in a position to provide the MetroWest Community with three meals a day, and we have finally reached that milestone with help of our partners at the Greater Boston Food Bank and Starbucks,” said Joe Mina, Director at the Pearl Street Cupboard & Café.

UWTC also owns and operates two other food pantries and hot meal programs in Marlborough and Clinton.

“Food sustains our bodies and is essential to life. We literally cannot live without it, and we are proud to make a difference in the lives of local residents,” Mina said.

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Due to upgrades at their warehouse in Framingham that have affected their café space and the COVID 19 pandemic, guest meals are being offered on a to-go basis, but plans are currently underway to begin serving food inside their café, full service, sometime this summer.

Paul Mina, UWTC President & CEO said, “We’re happy to finally say we can offer those at risk of hunger in our community a warm meal to start their day. We thank our collaborators at Starbucks and the Greater Boston Food Bank as well as our generous donors, sponsors, and volunteers, who so readily give of their resources and time every day to make this possible.”

The United Way of Tri-County’s Pearl Street Cupboard food pantry also offers several weeks-worth of groceries each month to eligible individuals and families living in MetroWest communities. For more information about any of the United Way’s three grocery and meal programs, please contact their office at 508.872.3291 or visit their website at

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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.