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In full transparency, the following is a press release from the United Way of Tri-County submitted to SOURCE media.


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FRAMINGHAM – It is difficult to believe three years have passed since the world was thrust into the COVID-19 pandemic.

Now, as life slowly returns to normal, the United Way of Tri-County is happy to announce that in-person evening meals at the Pearl Street Cupboard & Café in
Framingham are finally reopening beginning 4:45 p.m. on Wednesday, March 1.

“We were one of the lucky hunger relief programs,” said Joe Mina, Director at the Pearl Street Cupboard & Café. “Smaller food pantries and hot meal programs
were closing left and right, but we were able to move quickly to a take-out model. Our staff really filled in the gaps when understandably our volunteers couldn’t come in, and we were able to make it work.”

Breakfast service Monday through Friday 9 to 10 a.m. and lunches Monday through Sunday noon to 1 p.m. will remain as take-out meals for the time being, but hot evening meals will be served inside the United Way’s warm, comfortable Café Monday through Friday beginning March 1 (take out is still available).

“We are thrilled to welcome back our clients to the Café and provide them with a warm nutritious meal, indoors,” said Paul Mina, President & CEO at the United

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“Our model has always been to serve clients who come to us for a meal,” adds Mina. “All guests need to do beginning March 1st is show up and we’ve got the rest.”

Evening meal and daytime food pantry volunteer opportunities are always available for individuals or groups. Anyone can register online for a shift at . Just click the “Framingham Direct Services” button and then select the shift that works best. It takes approximately ten volunteers,
in addition to our staff, to serve dinner and assist with clean up.

“There are so many more families needing help due to the current economy, and, with expanded services at Pearl Street Cupboard & Café, additional volunteers are needed to support the volume. We cannot do what we do in the community without our dedicated volunteers,” said Barbara LaGrenade, Director of

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The Pearl Street Cupboard & Café at Park began serving residents of Framingham in 2012 and has expanded programming steadily, now serving all MetroWest
communities and beyond.

If you cannot volunteer, consider making a donation to the Pearl Street Cupboard & Café at or mail a check to the Pearl Street Cupboard and
Café, 46 Park Street, Framingham, 01702.

The United Way of Tri-County is a community building organization that brings people together to care for one another. We provide programs and services, connect volunteers, strengthen agencies, teach social responsibility, and meet the critical needs of the community with the help of people like you. For more information visit the United Way 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.