Sunday, November 15, 2015

And the Winner Is...

The winning ticket for the Patriots raffle is #096! The winner will be going to the Patriots vs. Bills game on November 23 at Gillette Stadium! Congratulations on winning the game package that includes 5 club level seats and a parking pass.

Special thanks goes to Bob and Tricia Flynn, owners of Team Fitness/CrossFit Franklin, for their generous donation of the game package, a $3,000 value. ALL of the more than $10,000 raised from raffle ticket sales goes directly to the Pantry.

“We are so grateful to the Flynns and Team Fitness for making this possible,” said Erin Lynch, executive director of the Franklin Food Pantry. “We would not have been this successful without the dedicated team of Pantry board members, volunteers and staff who worked hard at getting the word out and selling tickets.”

“And we are especially thankful to each and every person who purchased a raffle ticket. Every contribution goes a long way to help us serve our community.”

Monday, November 2, 2015

Turkey Trot Promises Great Fun for a Good Cause – Join Us!

It’s a worthwhile price to pay when you register for the annual Turkey Trot Family 5K Fun Run and Walk to be held Thanksgiving morning. The registration fee of $20, or 20 nonperishable food items, will go directly to the Franklin Food Pantry, keeping donations local to help those in need during this holiday season.

Sponsored by Feed the Need, the event begins and ends at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (LDS Church) at 91 Jordan Road in Franklin. The race, open to runners and walkers of all ages, is a great opportunity for the entire family to get out and exercise together before their traditional Thanksgiving feast. And, there’s the added benefit of helping to relieve hunger in the community.

“We are inspired by the great turnout for the Franklin race,” said Erin Lynch, executive director for the Franklin Food Pantry. “Thanksgiving is a time for everyone to truly appreciate what they have, but also an occasion to think of others who are struggling to put food on their tables. The Turkey Trot rallies our community to give back and help protect others from the threat of hunger. We are grateful to Feed the Need for spearheading the race and raising awareness about our own need in Franklin.”

The November 26 race will begin at 8 a.m. To participate in the Turkey Trot, you can pre-register online at; or sign up the day of the race from 7 – 8 a.m., or 7 – 9 p.m. the night before, at the LDS Church. The first 100 race participants to register Wednesday night will receive race t-shirts. For those interested in making food donations instead of the $20 registration fee, the Pantry is in most need of tuna, canned fruit, and health and hygiene products such as deodorant.

For more information, call 508-520-9864.

The entire Kilburn family of Franklin was among the almost 400 individuals who participated in last year’s Turkey Trot. They will be trotting again this year in support of the Franklin Food Pantry. Pictured, left to right, are Molly (client service ace for the Pantry), Chris, Maddy, Bridget, Tom, Nate, and family friend Niamh O’Sullivan of Cumberland, RI.

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Monday, October 26, 2015

Raffle for New England Patriots Tickets a Win-Win!

When Bob and Tricia Flynn, owners of Team Fitness/CrossFit Franklin, donated a New England Patriots game package for a raffle to benefit the Franklin Food Pantry, Bob called it a “win-win.”

“There’s no way to lose when you are giving back to the community,” he said. “One hundred percent of the proceeds raised through the raffle goes directly to the Franklin Food Pantry to serve our neighbors in need. If it means that more families will have food on their tables, and fewer kids will go to bed at night hungry, we have helped make a difference.”

There’s still time to take a shot at purchasing the winning ticket to catch the Patriots vs. Bills game at Gillette Stadium on Monday, November 23 at 8:30 p.m.! Here are the details for this amazing game package:

  • 5 club level seats
  • Parking pass included
  • A total value of $3000!
  • Raffle tickets are $25 each, 5 for $100, or 12 for $200
  • Drawing is Sunday, November 15 at 6 p.m.

“This raffle has become one of our biggest fundraisers of the year,” says Erin Lynch, executive director of the Franklin Food Pantry. “We are grateful to the Flynns, and Team Fitness/CrossFit Franklin, for donating this valuable game package to benefit the Pantry. There is a greater need for our services this time of year, so the raffle benefit comes at an ideal time. The Flynns are truly paying it forward many times over through this donation, and we thank them.”

You can purchase raffle tickets in the following ways:

  • At Team Fitness/CrossFit Franklin, located in the Franklin Village Shopping Center, during normal business hours
  • At Team Fitness/Cross Fit on Monday, November 2, from 5 to 7 p.m. Pantry representatives will be available to sell tickets and share information about the Pantry
  • From Pantry board and staff members

Get your raffle tickets soon! For hours of operation and directions to Team Fitness/CrossFit, visit

The Pantry is grateful to Bob and Tricia Flynn, owners of Team Fitness/CrossFit Franklin, for their generous donation of a New England Patriots game package for a raffle to benefit the Pantry.

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Current Needs List

For those of you interested in organizing a Food and Fund Drive for the Pantry, visit our "You can help Us" page for more information. In addition to monetary donations, our current needs include the following:

  • Laundry Detergent
  • Shampoo
  • Mayonnaise
  • Ground Coffee
  • Tea Bags
  • Canned Fruit
  • Canned Chili/Beef Stew
  • Deodorant
  • Hand Soap
updated November 2015

You can drop off your nonperishable items any time at the Pantry’s donation bin at 43 West Central Street; or during the Pantry’s regular hours of operation, Tuesday through Thursday, 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., and Friday, from 9:30 a.m. to Noon.

Thank you for your support! 

Financial contributions can be mailed to Franklin Food Pantry, PO Box 116, Franklin, MA  02038 or made securely through our webpage:  
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Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Pantry Announces Dean Bank as Official Bag Sponsor

Dean Bank is now the Pantry’s official shopping bag sponsor, donating hundreds of re-usable shopping bags – a supply that we count on every day. As we approach our busiest time of year, the new supply of bags will be used in a number of ways as we serve our clients. They are used for emergency food packages for new visitors who come to our doors; to package our holiday meals for Thanksgiving; and to give to new clients who register with the Pantry for ongoing assistance. Clients bring in their re-usable bags each time they visit the Pantry. Thank you, Dean Bank, for caring about our community! 
Kevin Goffe, Dean Bank president, presents Erin Lynch, Pantry executive director, with one of the re-usable shopping bags Dean Bank has donated to the Pantry.

Sue Kilcoyne (center), acquisitions coordinator, is thankful for the donated grocery bags and knows they will be much appreciated by clients. Photos courtesy of Laura Du