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Local legislators lent hands and ears to needy families in Framingham area

Posted by Jaclyn Reiss  January 22, 2013 12:06 PM

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Local legislators helped serve a regularly-scheduled Tuesday meal at a Framingham food pantry last week.



Elected officials rolled up their sleeves last week in Framingham to help a local food pantry serve meals to the needy.

State Senators Karen Spilka and James Eldridge, as well as state Representatives Chris Walsh and Tom Sannicandro, spent last Tuesday evening helping to serve the regularly-scheduled dinner meal at the Pearl Street Cupboard and Cafe, a United Way of Tri-County pantry.

The legislators also lent an ear to their constituents, hearing out their problems, according to the organization.

Paul Mina, president of United Way of Tri-County, said he was delighted that the elected officials helped last week.

“The number of those in need of food has increased by 400 percent at our Pearl Street Cupboard in the last year alone," Mina said in a statement. "The face of hunger has changed. We see more under-employed people and unemployed people who simply cannot provide enough meals for their families. These are neighbors, friends and families."

The nonprofit will provide meals to over 3,000 families living in and around the MetroWest this winter.

To donate to the organization, visit www.uwotc.org or call 888-811-3291.

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