Building Futures, Inc. is the 501(c)(3) nonprofit affiliate of the Worcester Housing Authority. All donations made through this link will support the Food Matters program.
Food Matters is a free meal delivery program. All residents in the participating buildings are automatically enrolled.
Over the last few years, the cost of food has quickly risen and many people have found it difficult to afford groceries. Our WHA residents are some of the first to feel these changes and we have seen the negative impact that inflation and the pandemic has had on them. Their incomes have remained fixed as the price of food rises, leaving them without enough to eat. The WHA wants to be part of the solution to make sure all of our residents have plenty of food. This is why we have started the Food Matters free meal delivery program. The Food Matters program aims to fill the gaps that leave residents without enough food by providing shelf stable meals that can be eaten as needed.
To improve food access to Worcester Housing Authority residents to foster positive health outcomes.
Seasoned Macaroni with Beef
Chicken & Rice
To close the gap on food insecurity
To provide residents with healthier meal options
To improve overall mental and physical health
The Food Matters program will provide residents with shelf stable meals that they are able to heat and eat as needed. The meals will be culturally diverse and come in various healthy meal options. The pilot program will be launching this fall and residents will receive monthly food deliveries to their door. The pilot program will begin at 6 of the WHA’s developments and later expand to all sites.
The Food Matters program takes into consideration the limited mobility of many elderly and disabled residents by ensuring that meals are delivered right to residents’ doors. The program also keeps in mind holistic health, offering healthy meal options to residents, as well as working to reduce the mental stress of food insecurity.
Buildings Included in the Pilot Program
Murray & Wellington Apartments 50 Murray Avenue & 30 Wellington Street Worcester, MA 01610
Webster Square Tower 1050 & 1060 Main Street Worcester, MA 01603
Elm Park Tower 425 Pleasant Street Worcester, MA 01609
Pleasant Tower 275 Pleasant Street Worcester, MA 01609
The Worcester Housing Authority will be partnering with the Renaissance Medical Group (RMG), a holistic healthcare organization, to provide meals for the Food Matters program. RMG is a premier, full service healthcare provider rooted in a commitment to deliver personalized care to the people of our communities. RMG has a healthcare center in Webster Square Towers for residents and more locations throughout New England.
The Worcester Housing Authority is always looking for funding to grow and sustain our programs. Call 508-635-3172 if you are interested in supporting the Food Matters program.
How do I sign up for meal delivery?
Everyone in the participating buildings will be automatically signed up for meal deliveries. Participating buildings are:
Webster Square Tower: 1050 Main Street
Webster Square Tower: 1060 Main Street
Pleasant Tower: 275 Pleasant Street
Elm Park Tower: 425 Pleasant Street
Murray & Wellington Apartments: 50 Murray Avenue
Murray & Wellington Apartments: 30 Wellington Street
Is the food free?
Yes, the food is completely free! It is important to the WHA that residents are able to receive food no matter their ability to pay.
What if I am not home when the meal is delivered?
It is not necessary for you to be home to receive the delivery. All deliveries will be left outside residents’ doors.
Do my meals need to be frozen?
No, the meals are shelf stable and can be stored at room temperature. They are best warmed up before eating, but warming is not necessary for safety.
When will I get my meals?
Delivery dates will vary per building, but you will be notified before they are dropped off.
How many meals will I receive a month?
You will receive 12 meals per month. These meals will be dropped off once a month and are able to be eaten as needed.
What meal options are available?
The current options are Chicken and Rice, Beef and Macaroni, and Lentils. You will receive equal amounts of each meal for the first order. More options to come soon.
Does each member of my household get a meal?
Yes, each member of your household will receive 12 meals per month. It is important to us that each household is provided adequate food for each of its members.
Is there a vegetarian option?
Yes, the Lentils meal is vegetarian.