Framingham, MA – Northern Management Group, owners of 14 Dunkin shops in MetroWest, and the United Way of Tri-County, have teamed up hold a food drive to support the Pearl Street Cupboard & Café in Framingham. The Pearl Street food pantry and hot meal program serves thousands of individuals and families in and around Framingham, many struggling with the economic fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic.

The food drive will run from Sunday, April 4 through Friday, April 30. Dunkin Northern Management Group customers are asked to bring non-perishable food items to these participating locations during the month of April.

  • 266 Concord Street, Framingham
  • 334 Waverly Street, Framingham
  • 3 Nicholas Road, Framingham
  • 190 Pond Street Ashland, MA

Food items and personal hygiene products needed include baby food, canned foods including beans, vegetables, fruit, soups and stews, potatoes, meat, and fish. Cereal, oatmeal, dried fruit, granola bars, instant potatoes, rice, pasta, and peanut butter are also in high demand, as well as personal care items like diapers and wipes, tooth brushes, toothpaste, shampoo, deodorant, and lip balm.

Items that cannot be accepted include items that are past their expiration date, dented or rusted cans, and crushed or open boxes.

All are welcome at the Pearl Street Cupboard & Café, located at 46 Park Street in downtown Framingham, currently serving to-go meals including lunch, which can be picked-up between 12:00pm and 1:00pm seven days a week, and home cooked meals for dinner, available Monday through Friday from 5:00pm to 7:00pm.

Those seeking assistance with groceries can stock up with several weeks’ worth of fresh, nutritious food each month. Pantry hours are Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 9:00am to 1:00pm and Wednesday evenings from 5:00pm to 7:00pm. Questions regarding the food pantry and meal program can be directed to food pantry Director, Joe Mina at 508.370.4921.

“Dunkin has a long history in the Framingham/MetroWest community.  We care about our neighbors and know many of them are struggling right now due to the pandemic.  We are thrilled to partner with United Way of Tri-County to hold a food drive for the Pearl Street Cupboard & Café, and support people who desperately need our help. Everyone deserves access to food, particularly during times like these.  We hope our customers consider bringing a few cans of soup or boxes of cereal with them when they come in for their daily coffee. Framingham is a great community and I know when we come together, we do great things,” said Nick Jenkins, Dunkin Northern Management Group.

“We are grateful for businesses like Northern Management Group for connecting with the United Way and offering their help,” said Paul Mina, President & CEO at United Way of Tri-County. “While the vaccine rollout improves day-by-day, experts warn the economic recovery will be much slower. Until that recovery is realized, people will still need assistance with basic human needs. With support from businesses like Dunkin Northern Management Group, our food programs can remain open, and families will have access to the food they so desperately need.”

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 www.uwotc.org

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