In response to the increasing demand for food assistance, United Way of North Central Massachusetts and the Community Foundation of North Central Massachusetts made 16 grants to help meet an increasing demand for food and heating assistance.
“Because of the stubbornly high demand, we were able to make $70,000 in grants, which will help keep families from going hungry and cold,” commented Phil Grzewinski, president of United Way of North Central Massachusetts and Community Foundation of North Central Massachusetts.
The following agencies received funds to purchase food: Battered Women’s Resources, Fitchburg/Leominster CAC, Gardner CAC, Our Father’s House, Beacon of Hope, United Neighbors of Fitchburg, PACH, Salvation Army Athol, Orange Food Pantry, Salvation Army Fitchburg, Catholic Charities, Loaves and Fishes, Gardner VNA Community Services Pantry and Montachusett Veteran’s Outreach.
United Way of North Central Massachusetts created its Supplemental Basic Needs Fund several years ago as a result of the economic downturn, which strained the capacity of local food pantries. The Community Foundation of North Central Massachusetts established the Critical Needs Fund, which is designed to provide grants for food and utility assistance.
Residents who need to know where to go for emergency assistance can call 2-1-1, which is a free call, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, or visit www.uwncm.org to access their website. The Mass 2-1-1 hotline is prepared to connect callers with help for basic needs and other health and human services.