Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Important Updates

The Franklin Food Pantry (FFP) is pleased to announce that Erin Lynch has been named as Executive Director. The Board’s decision reflects the strategic direction of the organization towards collaborative initiatives addressing hunger, poverty, and community health.

Erin’s fifteen years of experience in Nonprofit Sector leadership and development have focused on facilitating community collaborations. In previous roles Erin served as Executive Director of a seventeen-organization strategic alliance, secured a multi-million dollar community grant for the Phoenix area and administered the Arizona Department of Economic Security Volunteer Services contract. She holds national certification in Nonprofit Management through the Lodestar Center for Philanthropy and Innovation, is certified with the International Association of Facilitators, and has been trained in Group Facilitation Methods by the Institute of Cultural Affairs.

Linda Sottile has moved on to look for other opportunities. Linda has been instrumental in the operations of FFP for the past five years.  The Board of Directors wishes Linda all the best in her future endeavors. We appreciate all the great work that she has helped to achieve.

The Food Pantry is normally closed during the week before the 4th of July. It will open on schedule following the holiday. The Healthy Futures Fresh Produce Market continues every Tuesday from 4:00-5:00pm through October. The Mobile Pantry will continue visiting three Franklin locations as part of its pilot program on the following schedule:
  • Central Park Terrace on the 2nd Monday
  • 45 Winter Street on the 3rd Monday
  • The Franklin Senior Center on the 4th Monday
Volunteers can sign up to help with the Healthy Futures Market or the Mobile Pantry by visiting the FFP webpage or by calling the pantry at 508-528-3115 and choosing ext 2.
Franklin Food Pantry
Franklin Food Pantry

About The Franklin Food Pantry
Established in 1987, the mission of the Franklin Food Pantry is to provide immediate hunger relief and healthy sustainable solutions, by empowering the community through resources, education and collaboration. It is part of the Greater Boston Food Bank network and depends entirely on support and donations from volunteers, corporate partners and the community at large. The Franklin Food Pantry is located at 43 West Central Street, Route 140 and can accept donations during business hours, Tuesday - Friday, 9am -1pm. Non-perishables may also be dropped off after hours in the bin by the front door. Monetary donations may be mailed to Franklin Food Pantry, PO Box 116, Franklin MA 02038 or made securely online via the FFP webpage:  franklinfoodpantry.org, You can like the pantry’s page on Facebook, follow FFP on Twitter, or call FFP at 508-528-3115. The Franklin Food Pantry is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization FEIN # 04-3272663.

Monday, June 30, 2014

"River Runs Through"


From the Pour Richard's Newsletter:
This mural, created by the Franklin community at last year's Harvest Festival, has been donated to the Franklin Food Pantry. It is being exhibited at different locations around town this summer, and right now, it's at Pour Richard's! 
Stop in to view the mural, and while you're here, please consider purchasing a raffle ticket. The winning ticket will be drawn at this fall's Harvest Festival, and the winner can decide to take the mural home or donate it to an appropriate public space: Town Hall, a school, the library, etc. 
Many thanks to Jane Curran of Jane's Frames for initiating this great project!
"River Runs Through"
"River Runs Through"

You can visit Pour Richard's to purchase a raffle ticket (or two). Tickets are $5 each.
http://pourrichardswine.com/

More about the community painting can be found here
http://www.franklinmatters.org/2013/12/a-river-runs-through.html

and here
http://www.franklindowntownpartnership.org/2013/12/community-mural-project-at-janes-frames.html


Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Food Pantry: Last chance to donate this fiscal year!



 


  
   June 24, 2014
 

Last Chance To Be Part Of This Year's Success Story!

  
Dear Community,
June 30th marks the end of our fiscal yearEvery donation made this week  supports impactful initiatives including our Mobile Pantry, Healthy Futures Market, and Cooking Matters classes.  

We are working hard, building creative community-wide partnerships as featured in the Milford Daily News articles below, and we need your help.

Please donate now to voice your support of these valuable programs. If received prior to July 1st, your contributions will be included in our Annual Report to be released in the fall.  Every amount counts! 

Donate Securely
Hunger and poor nutrition affect our children, our seniors, and our workforce.  There are more than 600 households right here in our community, for whom three meals a day is a luxury. 

THANK YOU for your support!  



Additional leadership gift and corporate sponsor opportunities available,
for details please email Erin Lynch erin@franklinfoodpantry.org

Join Us at Pour Richard's, 14 Grove Street, Franklin
this Thursday June 26th from 6-8:30pm
Wine Tasting ~ Live Music ~ Craft Beers  $10 per person
100% of ticket sales go to the Franklin Food Pantry



Franklin Food Pantry spotlights summer initiatives

FRANKLIN - The Franklin Food Pantry this week announced it will offer fresh produce from local farms this summer.The Healthy Futures Fresh Produce...
click the link to read full article!
http://www.milforddailynews.com/article/20140620/NEWS/140629743 

Franklin Food Pantry rocks out

FRANKLIN - The Franklin Food Pantry briefly went on tour with the Dave Matthews Band last weekend, holding a food drive at the Xfinity Center in...
click the link to read full article!
http://www.milforddailynews.com/article/20140614/NEWS/140617330/1994/NEWS 

Franklin Food Pantry       www.franklinfoodpantry.org 

Our facility is generously donated by Rockland Trust.
We are located at 43 West Central Street, Franklin MA,
on Route 140 in the Rockland Trust parking lot, across the street from the fire station.
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Saturday, June 21, 2014

Franklin Food Pantry Fundraiser - Pour Richard's - June 26




Pour Richard's Wine and Spirits
Pour Richard's Wine and Spirits
Connecting good friends with great wine!
                            
Never Drink Ordinary!



Pour Richard's Franklin Food Pantry Fundraiser!






Thursday, June 26
6-8:30 PM




Delicious Wines, Craft Beers, Food from Whole Foods Bellingham, and local musician Ken Barney to entertain us. And best of all? This fun evening is a benefit for the Franklin Food Pantry.







Tickets are just $10, with 100% of ticket sales to FFP. Pour Richard's will also donate 20% of profits from sales of beer, wine, and spirits.







This is a great chance to stock up for July 4th cookouts, summer vacation rentals, etc, while also assisting the Food Pantry. 

Tickets are available at the door, at the Food Pantry during normal business hours, or online HERE.



See you there!





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Friday, June 20, 2014

Franklin Food Pantry Announces Summer Initiatives and Mobilizes for a Healthy Season


The Franklin Food Pantry (FFP) has announced new initiatives to expand its services to existing and new clients. Firstly, The Food Pantry is in a position to test drive the mobile food pantry program this year. Beginning this month the FFP truck will become a mobile pantry, providing assistance to neighbors in the community who are unable to visit The Food Pantry’s downtown location due to obstacles such as transportation, childcare and medical reasons. Eligible members of the community will have the opportunity to pick up staples such as canned vegetables, fruits, beans, and soups; peanut butter, tuna fish, pasta, cereal, and beverages. Some non-food items may be offered as well including toiletries, household cleaning supplies and occasional pet products. Meat, dairy, fresh fruits, vegetables, breads and bakery items will be on the truck whenever available.

The FFP Mobile Pantry will visit three locations as part of its pilot program on the following schedule:

  • Franklin Housing Authority, 1000 Central Park Terrace on the 2nd Monday of every month from 2:30-3:30 p.m. serving residents of the Franklin Housing Authority at Central Park Terrace, North Park, East Park, or West Park Streets. 
  • Franklin Housing Authority, 45 Winter Street on the 3rd Monday of every month from 2:30-3:30 p.m. serving residents 45 Winter Street; and 
  • Franklin Senior Center, 10 Daniel McCahill Street on the 4th Monday of every month from 2:30-3:30 p.m. serving those affiliated with the Franklin Senior Center. 


Linda Sottile, Director of Operations for Franklin Food Pantry stated, “We expect to serve
an additional 40+ households in the next six months and hope to have additional locations on the
schedule by the end of the year.”

The Pantry also welcomes back the Healthy Futures Fresh Produce Market this summer. Running June
Healthy Futures Franklin
Healthy Futures Franklin
through October, the market will be open every Tuesday from 4:00-5:00pm. Clients can visit the downtown Franklin Food Pantry location at 43 West Central Street to pick up quality fruits and vegetables from our local farms and community garden partners. And, every 2nd Tuesday of the month, the Healthy Futures Market will present cooking demonstrations and food samplings from culinary experts of Share Our Strength’s Cooking Matters® program.

Cooking Matters is a series of educational workshops offered in a fun, casual setting. The Cooking Matters staff will prepare simple, delicious dishes using seasonal produce and on-hand pantry staples. Guests will receive nutritional tips and recipe cards to help make these farm to table meals at home. The summer workshops are made possible by a grant from the MetroWest Health Foundation and fresh produce received from Akin Bak Farm, Hoffmann Farm, Tri-County Regional Vocational Technical High School community gardens and Franklin Community Gardens.

Michelle Camiel, Eastern Massachusetts Manager for Share Our Strength’s Cooking Matters commented, “Cooking Matters is thrilled to be partnering with local farms, New England Chapel and the Food Pantry. It’s wonderful to collaborate with partners who are just as committed to bringing food skills education to families who need it as we are. We are looking forward to the Tuesday workshops at the pantry this summer!” Erin Lynch, Director of Development for Franklin Food Pantry shared, “The Cooking Matters educational classes are presented in a casual, cooperative and fun setting and have been very successful here. We have seen waiting lists of twenty or more families for these classes so we are excited to offer a summer series under the tent to accommodate larger numbers.”

Increased availability of nutritious food comes at a critical time for those who are reliant on The Food Pantry. For many families, when school closes for the summer, food insecurity rises. While at school, children in need receive lunch daily through state funded programs, but when the bell rings for the summer months, a steady diet can become compromised. Added Lynch, “It is important to serve our clients consistently throughout the year. The Greater Boston Food Bank recognizes the need for creative solutions to these challenges, and recently awarded our pantry a $2,500 grant for capacity building initiatives. The Mobile Pantry and Healthy Futures programs engage a collaboration of resources to provide additional reach to our community. Thank you to our sponsors, partner organizations, and our incredible core of volunteers who make these programs happen. “

To this end, volunteers are still needed for a variety of duties for both programs. Adults and students are welcome for several assignments. Some of the jobs include adult licensed drivers, loading and unloading the truck, set-up, inventory, assisting clients with shopping, and more. To get involved, please contact our Volunteer Coordinators at volunteers@franklinfoodpantry.org.

About Healthy Futures Franklin 
Mass in Motion
Mass in Motion
Healthy Futures Franklin is part of Mass in Motion (MIM). MIM is a statewide movement that promotes opportunities for healthy eating and active living in the places people live, learn, work and play. Marissa Garofano, Director of Community Wellness and the Healthy Futures Initiative for The Y, commented: “The Healthy Futures Initiative is committed to reduce inactivity and poor nutrition in the fifteen communities the Hockomock Area YMCA serves through programs, projects, and policies. The Healthy Futures Fresh Produce Market at The Pantry is an extension of our efforts to provide nutritional advocacy and access to fresh fruits and produce.” About Cooking Matters® Cooking Matters® is key to Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry campaign, which connects kids in need with nutritious food and teaches their families how to cook healthy, affordable meals. Learn more at NoKidHungry.org. For nutritious recipes and more information about Cooking Matters®, please check out the website at ma.cookingmatters.org.

About The Franklin Food Pantry
Established in 1987, the mission of the Franklin Food Pantry is to provide immediate hunger relief and healthy sustainable solutions, by empowering the community through resources, education and collaboration. It is part of the Greater Boston Food Bank network and depends entirely on support and donations from volunteers, corporate partners and the community at large. The Franklin Food Pantry is located at 43 West Central Street, Route 140 and can accept donations during business hours, Tuesday - Friday, 9am -1pm. Non-perishables may also be dropped off after hours in the bin by the front door, or monetary donations may be mailed to Franklin Food Pantry, PO Box 116, Franklin MA 02038. For more information, visit franklinfoodpantry.org, like the pantry’s page on Facebook, or call 508-528-3115. The Franklin Food Pantry is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization FEIN # 04-3272663.