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Collaborating to Combat Hunger


The United Way recently partnered with the Spanish American Center and Growing Places to expand the use of the Combat Hunger meals through Combat Hunger RevvedUP, a program piloted in April at Aubuchon Hardware.

On November 14, the Spanish American Center served lunch to community members using the new kits, which feature Combat Hunger’s traditional dry meal packages along with canned goods and spices. Attendees ate lunch and were able to taste test meals prepared with multiple combinations of spices. Growing Places Executive Director Ayn Yeagle also spoke about making healthy eating choices and provided fresh seasonal lettuce and kale.

The Spanish American Center received a grant to collaborate with the United Way and Growing Places and host educational lunchtime events on a regular basis. Fran Longton, United Way of North Central Massachusetts Volunteer Center Manager, says the events are the perfect venue to test the RevvedUp kits and provide attendees with cooking options and guidance on healthy eating.

“We debuted the RevvedUp kits in order to offer more complete and customized meals for local community members, and these events have given us great feedback,” says Longton. “The attendees have told us they love the kits as well as learning to use spices to make a variety of meals.”

The United Way also recently distributed 200 RevvedUp kits each to the Leominster public schools and Our Father’s House.