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Food Packaging Event to Prepare over 22,000 Meals

Fitchburg, Mass. – Nearly 90 Workers Credit Union and Simonds International employees packaged over 22,000 meals for local food pantries in partnership with United Way of North Central Massachusetts.

“These events are possible because of the generosity of companies like Workers Credit Union and Simonds International. Because of their sponsorships and participation, local families won’t have to worry where their next meal will come from,” said Fran Longton, volunteer coordinator for United Way of North Central Massachusetts.

The event was held at Simonds International’s facility where teams of 12 assembled and packaged nutritious meals of rice and beans, macaroni and cheese, and pasta with sauce. The boxes of meals will be delivered to 12 food pantries in Leominster, Fitchburg, Gardner, and Devens. Twenty local food pantries regularly receive the packaged meals.

“This is an important program that is helping families and their children have access to healthy food,” said Doug Petersen, president and CEO of Workers Credit Union and chair of United Way of North Central Massachusetts.

According to Henry Botticello, CFO of Simonds International and chair of United Way of North Central Massachusetts’ Community Impact, the company was impressed that so many meals could be prepared in about four hours for approximately .34 each.  “It is gratifying knowing that so many families could be helped in a few hours.”

Longton noted that the Heroes Against Hunger events have made a significant impact on food pantry supplies in North Central Mass. This event will mark the packaging of 344,000 meals since the program’s inception in 2013. To learn more, please visit

The United Way of North Central Massachusetts,, serves the communities of Ashburnham, Ashby, Athol, Ayer, Baldwinville, Devens, Fitchburg, Gardner, Groton, Harvard, Hubbardston, Leominster, Littleton, Lunenburg, Petersham, Pepperell, Phillipston, Royalston, S. Lancaster, Shirley, Templeton, Townsend, Westminster and Winchendon.


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