Food Security Initiative


What is Food Security?
Access by all people at all times to enough food for an active, healthy
life. Where hunger, the painful sensation caused by lack of food, is
not an issue.
It is our mission to provide hunger relief, improve the quality of life, and connect families and neighbors in need to essential services in our community.  Our goal is to reduce levels of food insecurity, while strengthening the connections between people and available resources.
With food pantry locations in Clinton, Framingham and Marlborough, the United Way of Tri-County’s Food Security Initiative will help to provide regular access to non-emergency sources of nutritionally adequate foods. 


  • One in six Americans does not have access to enough food.  More than 50 million Americans don't have dependable, consistent resources of healthy and nutritious foods.
  • Hunger is not just an issue for the homeless or those struggling with work.  Most people served by the United Way's Food Security Initiative have at least one working adult in their families.
  • According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, there are over 17 million children living in food-insecure households in America.  While school lunch programs help, they do not solve the whole problem; many kids are without guaranteed meals during the summer months.
  • The lack of adequate nutrition affects not only children's physical growth, but also their cognitive and behavioral development.  Children from food-insecure households perform at lower levels in school and are more likely to experience irritability, fatigue, and difficulty concentrating.

Below is a list of the most pressing needs for non-perishable goods currently in our communities:
  • Mixed Vegetables
  • Canned Fruit
  • Canned Soups
  • Baked Goods
  • Jellies or Jams
  • Coffee
  • Tea
  • Canned Meats
  • Personal Hygiene products (toothpaste, deodorant, dental floss, mouthwash, shampoos, conditioners, facial washes, q-tips, soap)
  • Paper Goods  (paper towels, paper plates, tissues, napkins, toilet paper)

Visit our Volunteer Center to learn how you can get involved with the United Way of Tri-County.