Assumption, Railers Join to Support Frontline Workers 

Feb. 10, 2021
Lily O’Connor ’21
Assumption Worcester Railers Food For Frontliners delivery
Assumption University President Francesco Cesareo, Ph.D., helps deliver food with members of the Worcester Railers Hockey Club as part of the Food For Frontliners initiative on February 10.

In an effort to recognize those in the community who continue to serve the needs of others during the COVID-19 pandemic, Assumption University has teamed up with the Worcester Railers Hockey Club to support Food For Frontliners, an initiative launched by the team to donate fresh meals to frontline workers.

Food For Frontliners is a way for Assumption University to support the City of Worcester and its residents amid the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Assumption University President Francesco C. Cesareo, Ph.D. “As a University that provides a Catholic liberal education, we form our students in recognizing their responsibility to contribute to the common good by serving the members of our community. It is a privilege to join with our partner, the Worcester Railers, to support Food For Frontliners, an opportunity to extend our gratitude to the social workers, postal employees, hospital workers and others who have steadfastly served the community throughout the pandemic. Through this initiative to recognize local heroes, the University carries out its mission to form individuals known for thoughtful citizenship and compassionate service.”

“We couldn’t be more excited to partner with Assumption University to kick-off our second round of Food For Frontliners,” said Railers Chief Operating Officer and Assumption alumnus Michael Myers ’93. “Through this initiative, we are able to show our gratitude to local essential workers who have been on the front lines of this pandemic while carrying out our team’s mission of being a ‘community first’ organization.”  

Food For Frontliners, part one of the Railers’ Hockey Feeds the Need initiative, celebrates the unwavering selflessness of frontline workers during the COVID-19 pandemic. Beginning Wednesday, January 20 and continuing weekly through February 24, Assumption University and the Worcester Railers will provide Central Mass essential workers with food from local restaurants as a token of appreciation for their commitment to helping others.

Individuals and organizations targeted through this program include: Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health; Oriol Health Care; Seven Hills Foundation; school teachers from St. Peter Central Catholic, Our Lady of the Angels School, Venerini Academy, St. Mary School, All Saints Academy, and the Assumption School in Millbury; postal workers and corrections officers; and employees of Reliant Medical Group.

The Worcester Railers’ three-part Hockey Feeds the Need initiative will focus on donating meals to frontline workers, stocking local food pantries, and distributing fresh food boxes to residents in need.

For more information, visit railershc.com/hockeyfeedstheneed.