WooSox and Juniper Outreach Foundation Addressing Food Insecurity At Elm Park Community School

By Tiffany Williams –

On Tuesday, the WooSox were at Elm Park Community School in Worcester, Massachusetts to stock a food pantry that they helped create this past September in collaboration with the Juniper Outreach Foundation, a local nonprofit that helps combat food insecurity in Worcester Public Schools.  

Juniper’s Executive Director, Julie McDonald and Joe Bradlee, WooSox Vice President of Community and Player Relations, were at the food pantry on Tuesday along with Elm Park Community School Principal Lucas Donohue.

A survey from the Greater Boston Food Bank, or GBFB, conducted from December 2021 to February 2022, found that food insecurity rose across the commonwealth and that food pantry use increased, largely driven by an increase in food prices and decreases in income.

Massachusetts Governor Maura Healey in January filed an FY2023 supplemental budget. She says, “To help people access basic necessities like food, shelter, and other wraparound services.” Governor Healey tweeted “We’re proposing $282M to expand the Emergency Assistance system and extend two food security initiatives.”

Meanwhile, in communities like Worcester, it’s organizations like the Juniper Outreach Foundation and the WooSox that are doing their part to make sure no kid goes hungry.

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