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Incoming Fitchburg State students help United Way’s Combat Hunger initiative

While they have yet to attend a class, more than 700 incoming Fitchburg State University (FSU) freshmen are already making a positive impact on the community.


While participating in FSU’s new student orientation days on June 19, 21, 26, and 29, the future scholars helped package 44,448 meals. The meals are then distributed to food pantries, schools, and community agencies throughout North Central Massachusetts.


The goal of the Combat Hunger volunteer meal packaging program is to end hunger in the North Central Massachusetts region. The event vendor, Outreach, Inc., a partner of the United Way, has provided the equipment and the package ingredients since 2013. This is the second annual event Fitchburg State University and United Way of North Central Mass has hosted the four freshman orientation events.


Since the program was launched in 2013, Combat Hunger has provided 857,792 nutritious and delicious meals to the community.


The next Combat Hunger event will take place on Friday, September 21, 2018, as part of the United Way’s Day of Caring, the agency’s largest volunteer event of the year. If you are interested in volunteering, please visit If you have questions, please contact Fran Longton, Volunteer Center Manager, at 978-345-1577 ext. 311.


If you are interested in donating to the United Way, you may make a contribution at or by calling 978-345-1577.


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