Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Healthy Futures Food Drive At The Hockomock Area YMCA Will Conclude At Healthy Kids Day On Saturday May 16

Please join the Hockomock Area YMCA and support local food pantries this week. The reality is that one in nine people in eastern Massachusetts is at risk for food insecurity. As an organization that is committed to social responsibility, the YMCA is in the final stages of their annual Healthy Futures Food Drive. 
Healthy Futures Food Drive
Healthy Futures Food Drive

The community is encouraged to participate and be there for our neighbors and our community. On Saturday, May 16 at the free community event Healthy Kids Day®, held from 10:00 am – 1:00 pm at Patriot Place in Foxborough, the Franklin Food Pantry will have their mobile pantry truck and challenge the community to fill it with healthy food items. 

Healthy Kids Day aligns perfectly with the Hockomck Y’s Healthy Futures initiative, an innovative program committed to reducing inactivity and poor nutrition. Free activities for families will be held at NRG Plaza, located outside The Hall at Patriot Place presented by Raytheon. As an alternative to attending the event, donation boxes are also available in the lobbies of the YMCA branches in Franklin, Foxboro, and North Attleboro through Friday, May 15. 

The following items are suggested because food pantry partners in the 15 communities the Hockomock Y is privileged to serve often don’t have resources to consistently provide healthier options: 
  • Cereal (lower sugar) 
  • Mac & Cheese (whole grain) 
  • Hearty Soups (ex. lentil, minestrone, vegetable, black bean; lower sodium) 
  • Pasta Sauce 
  • Canned Vegetables (lower sodium) 
  • Canned Fruit (in juice) 
  • Oatmeal 
  • Pasta, Brown Rice (whole grain) 
  • Canned Beans 
  • Baked Beans, Turkey Chili 
  • Peanut Butter, Sun Butter 
  • White Tuna 
  • Spices 
  • Nuts, Seeds (ex. almond, sunflower) 
  • 100% Juices 
  • Water Bottles 
  • Olive or Canola Oil
  • Paper Goods 
  • Personal Hygiene Items 
  • Food for Restricted Diets (ex. gluten or nut free) 
  • Pet Food / Pet Products 
  • Supermarket Gift Cards (give directly to Y staff) 

For more information on Healthy Kids Day, please visit To donate at the branches, please visit a Hockomock Y branch at 300 Elmwood Street in North Attleboro, 67 Mechanic Street in Foxboro, or 45 Forge Hill Road in Franklin. 

About Hockomock Area YMCA:
Where Cause Meets Community. At the Hockomock Area YMCA, strengthening community is our cause. The Hockomock Area YMCA is an organization of men, women, and children sharing a commitment to nurture the potential of kids, promote healthy living, and foster a sense of social responsibility.

Our YMCA is committed to partnering and collaborating with others to create and deliver lasting personal and social change in the 15 communities we are privileged to serve. The Hockomock Area YMCA is a not-for-profit charitable cause-driven organization with facilities in North Attleboro, Foxboro, Franklin, and Mansfield. For more information visit

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