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FRAMINGHAM – Daniel’s Table held an open house on Friday, April 7, at its headquarters on Pearl Street in Framingham.

Executive Director Sandra Montesino gave tours and answered questions about the non-profit organization.

Co-Founder Alicia Blais and David Blais were also on site, giving tours and answering questions.

The mission of Daniel’s Table is to provide food security services to our neighbors-in-need with dignity and respect.

Last October, David Blais when to the White House to discuss hunger and food insecurity.

He told SOURCE, after that trip, he is annoyed that in the last decade, he has not been able to reach his goal of eliminating food insecurity in the City of Framingham.

“Some organizations are territorial. It is more about them, and not about helping people. It is time to move them and any other obstacles out of the way. It really bothers me that I have been at this for 10 years and we haven’t been able to complete the task that we originally set out to do – solve hunger in the City of Framingham,” said Blais.

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And a month later in November 2022, he stepped down as the executive director of Daniel’s Table so he could be more of an activist to eliminate food insecurity in the City of Framingham and elsewhere.

Since then, Montesino has been running the day-to-day operations, including the weekly grocery store for those in need.

Friday’s open house was an opportunity for individuals to learn more about the mission, and to sign up to volunteer with the organization.

State Rep. Priscila Sousa, who has been a supporter of the organization for years, stopped in to chat with Montesino, about her needs.

Montesino said she is working with SHINE to bring in more senior volunteers.

Blais said they have started a volunteer recognition program, too.

Many of the people who visited the open house, while SOURCE was there taking photos, were 55+.

Blais said that Framingham State University has joined the freezer program.

The organization has freezers in several Framingham Public Schools, the YMCA, Jewish Family Services of MetroWest and other locations, which individuals in need can take home a prepared nutritious meal.

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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.