Friday, May 8, 2015

3rd Annual Elks Care, Elks Share 5k Run and Walk - May 9


The Franklin Elks, Lodge #2136, is proud to announce the Third Annual Elks Care, Elks Share 5k Run and Walk on May 09, 2015.

The Wounded Warriors Project and the Franklin Food Pantry are the beneficary organizations for this event.

Registration Information

Register by Apr 24th to receive a t-shirt on race day

http://franklinelks5k.com/?page_id=13

the finish line as set up for the 2014 race
the finish line as set up for the 2014 race


Results and photos from the 2nd Annual Race can be found here
http://www.franklinmatters.org/2014/05/elks-care-elks-share-5k-results-photo.html

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Mother’s Day Shopping Event Benefits Franklin Food Pantry

esbe Designs will hold a Mother’s Day Jewelry Sale on Thursday, May 7, at the Franklin Food Pantry to raise money for hunger relief efforts at the Pantry. The community is invited to do their Mother’s Day shopping from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. and 6 to 9 p.m., and will have the opportunity to tour the Pantry and learn about volunteer opportunities. 
Representatives from esbe Designs will have a variety of merchandise available for purchase. A portion of the proceeds from every sale will go directly to the Food Pantry. Items include designer jewelry, handcrafted in Bali, using quality metals and real gemstones. Traditional and on-trend designs will be featured. Complimentary gift wrapping and gift certificate purchases will be offered on site. 
“With nearly 600 households counting on us for supplemental food assistance each year, this benefit will help other moms in Franklin provide enough food for their families,” says Erin Lynch, executive director of the Franklin Food Pantry. “Many parents in our community struggle with providing three meals a day for their children. Mother’s Day was the inspiration for esbe Designs to help others do something nice for their moms while also doing something meaningful for the families we serve. It is a way for people to pay it forward with their Mother’s Day shopping.” 
For more information on the jewelry sale, please contact Sue Kilcoyne at skilcoyned1@hotmail.com
The Franklin Food Pantry is located at 43 West Central Street, Franklin, near the Rockland Trust parking lot on Route 140 across from the Franklin fire station.

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Franklin Letter Carriers Help Franklin Food Pantry Stamp Out Hunger in Community Food Drive on May 9

On Saturday, May 9, Franklin letter carriers will help the Franklin Food Pantry Stamp Out Hunger when the carriers pick up food donations from town residents at their mailboxes and deliver them to the Franklin Food Pantry.

The Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive is a nationwide effort organized by the National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC) that provides food to local food banks and pantries that would otherwise be faced with depleted stocks during the summer months. The food drive is the nation’s largest single-day drive, collecting almost 73 million pounds of food last year.
Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive
Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive

The Franklin letter carriers collected and delivered more than 4,585 pounds of food to the Franklin Food Pantry in last year’s drive. The Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive comes at an ideal time for the Pantry.

“Stamp Out Hunger is truly a community-wide effort that gives us the inventory boost we need to help us through the summer,” says Erin Lynch, executive director for the Franklin Food Pantry. “Donations slow down after the first of the year, and by springtime, our inventory is depleted of the generous provisions we received over the holidays. We are so thankful to the letter carriers, and a supportive community, for helping us replenish our Pantry for the summer season.”

Nearly 600 households in Franklin count on the Franklin Food Pantry for supplemental food assistance.

Franklin residents can donate to the food drive by leaving a bag of non-perishable food where their letter carrier normally delivers their mail on Saturday, May 9. Some residents may receive the special yellow Stamp Out Hunger grocery bags to use, but any paper or plastic bag can be used. Letter carriers will pick up the bags during their normal mail rounds and will deliver the food to the Franklin Food Pantry.

Residents can also drop their donations off at the Franklin Food Pantry from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on May 9, or during the Pantry’s regular business hours, Tuesday - Friday, 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. The Pantry is located at 43 West Central Street, Route 140, adjacent to the Rockland Trust parking lot across from the Franklin fire station.

While all non-perishable food donations are welcome, items that are currently most needed at the Pantry include:

  • Tuna
  • Juice boxes
  • Granola bars
  • Pudding
  • Sugar-free Jell-O
  • Crackers
  • Cake/cookie/brownie mix
  • Coffee


The Pantry is also in need of the following non-food items:

  • Toilet paper
  • Deodorant
  • Dish soap
  • Hand soap



If residents prefer to give a monetary donation (please no cash), please write a check payable to the Franklin Food Pantry, seal it in an envelope (no postage required), write “Letter Carriers’ Food Drive” on the envelope, and leave it in your mailbox. 

Donations can also be made online at www.franklinfoodpantry.org, or mailed to the Franklin Food Pantry, P.O. Box 116, Franklin, MA 02038.

For more information on the Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive, visit www.helpstampouthunger.com or call the Franklin Food Pantry at 508-528-3115.

Friday, April 24, 2015

You're Invited: Beer Extravaganza - Apr 25



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Connecting good friends with great wine!
Never Drink Ordinary!
Beer Extravaganza
Saturday, April 25 4-7 PM 

 
It's 'that' time again-time to check out everything new in brew!

Pour Richard's Spring Beer Extravaganza, featuring dozens of new seasonal beers and 2 fabulous (local!) cider producers, is THE place to find new spring and summer favorites.

Taste a few or taste them all, then vote for your top three. One ballot, drawn at random, will win their favorite beer.

This event is free, but we are taking voluntary donations for the Franklin Food Pantry.




            Mark your calendars for 2 more great events! 
                Bottles & Bark-Sunday, May 3 1-4 PM
          Drink Pink for the Cure-Sunday, May 31. 2-5 PM




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Thursday, April 23, 2015

Greater Boston Food Bank Update: 26.2 Miles and 33,000 Meals!


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The Festival is The Greater Boston Food Bank's (GBFB's) signature annual fundraising event that raises awareness and funds to help End Hunger Here. This year's goal is to raise $1.5 million to provide 4.5 million nutritious meals to our neighbors in need!
Leading up to the Festival on April 29th, GBFB is holding an online auction featuring a variety of unique items and experiences, including a Celtics Playoff Package. For every $1 raised, GBFB can provide three healthy meals to those in need. Help us reach our goal by placing a bid today!
Boston Marathon Runners Run for GBFB

On Monday, Peter Bakkala and Mike Walsh ran the Boston Marathon wearing GBFB t-shirts to help to End Hunger Here. Finishing in 04:44:56 and 04:02:09 hours respectively, together they raised enough funds to provide more than 33,000 healthy meals to those in need! We are happy to have had the opportunity to share in their journey as first time Boston Marathon runners and grateful for their commitment to helping to End Hunger Here. Learn more about what inspired Peter and Mike to run, and, it's not too late to show your support.
Be an Advocate to End Hunger Here

On April 8 2015, GBFB hosted our annual legislative breakfast in support of the Massachusetts Emergency Food Assistance Program (MEFAP). State legislators and member agencies from all over Massachusetts came out to learn more about MEFAP and to support this year's increased ask. GBFB, along with other members of the Food Bank Coalition of Massachusetts (four food banks in the Commonwealth) are advocating for an increase in funding to $20M for FY2016 to be able to provide more high-nutrient food and fresh produce to the constituents we serve. Learn more about MEFAP and sign up for advocacy updates on our website.
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Carol Tienken, GBFB's COO, has been named as one of The Griffin Report's 2015 "Women of Influence in the Food Industry." This designation is given to women in the food industry who demonstrate superior achievement and innovation. Read more about Carol and this honor.


Three Square Meals
On April 2, 2015, Ocean State Job Lot delivered four truckloads of food donations as part of their Three Square Meals campaign. Check out some of the photos from their visit to our warehouse.
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