Friday, October 24, 2014

Franklin is not immune from hunger. And you can help!

Do you have experience in Human Resources, Marketing and/or Public Relations, or Law?

Have you considered using these skills to help your Franklin neighbors?

How can you help?

Franklin is not immune from hunger. Real hunger. The kind where you don’t know where your next meal is coming from.

A variety of reasons bring people to the Franklin Food Pantry. A temporary job loss. Lingering financial hardship caused by the recession. Underemployment. A reduction in SNAP (food stamp) benefits.

This is an exciting time of growth for the Food Pantry. We have an amazing Executive Director, Erin Lynch, who has put together a dedicated team of part-time staff and volunteers. They are busy strengthening support and services for our Food Pantry clients while fostering new and exciting community partnerships.

The Food Pantry has an active Board of Directors who are fully committed to ensuring that Erin and her team have the resources and support they need. The Board Governance Committee is now developing a pool of interested individuals who are ready, willing, and able to help in this effort.
During the months of October and November, we will be accepting applications submitted by seasoned professionals in the fields of Human Resources, Marketing and/or Public Relations, and Law.

In December and January, the Governance Committee will be conducting interviews with selected applicants. The Board will review the vetted applicant pool at the January 27th Food Pantry Board meeting.

Successful new Board members are scheduled to complete the board orientation prior to attending their first meeting on February 24, 2015. Other candidates are scheduled to be notified of their status during February.

If you would like to learn more about what it means to volunteer for the Board, you can visit the Food Pantry website.

If you have the skills, desire, and time to volunteer we ask that you express your interest by completing this form and following the instructions to submit it to Mary Gianakis

Franklin Food Pantry
Franklin Food Pantry

About the Franklin Food Pantry

We provide immediate hunger relief and healthy sustainable solutions by empowering our community through resources, education, and collaboration.

We are a registered not-for-profit organization that has served thousands in our community since 1987. As part of the Greater Boston Food Bank network, we depend entirely upon support and donations from volunteers, corporate partners, schools, churches and community members.

The Franklin Food Pantry is a 501©(3) non-profit organization FEIN# 04-3272663.

Sample Great Food at Taste of the Region!

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Sample the Best Foods in our Area

Oct. 28
6 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Tri-County RVT High School
147 Pond St.
Franklin, MA

Participating food establishments include: Artistry Kitchen, Making Whoopie, Willow Tree Poultry, Edible Arrangements in Foxboro, The British Beer Company in Franklin, Commonwealth BBQ, Ambrosia Tavern, 3 Restaurant, Game 7 Sports Bar and Grill, Lake Pearl Luciano's, Natty Greene's Tavern, Tri-County RVT High School Culinary Club, Cracker Barrel, Chili's Grill & Bar in Plainville, Twelve Fine Food & Spirits,   
Hawthorn Suites and D's Lectables.

Thank you to our event sponsor Middlesex Savings Bank. Middlesex Savings Bank

Taste of the Region tickets cost $10 in advance or $15 at the door.  
Call The United Regional Chamber of Commerce at  
508-222-0801 for tickets.

Vote on awards for
Best Sweet, Best Savory, and Best Presentation,  
and enjoy a fantastic silent auction!

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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Better than a trick or treat, take a chance on Patriots luxury box seats!

We thank Team Fitness Franklin for generously donating the following prize:

5 club seats and $50 parking pass to 
Patriots VS. Lions November 23rd at 1:00pm, Gillette Stadium

Face value of these amazing seats is $600 each, for a total prize value of $3,000!

Raffle Tickets $25 each, or 5 for $100, or 12 for $200

Drawing: 8pm Sunday November 16th at British Beer Company in Franklin

Winner will be notified and winning ticket posted to

Team Fitness Franklin

All money raised goes directly to the pantry to help feed our neighbors, more than 600 households that can’t afford three meals a day, during the difficult winter months.

Tickets are available for purchase at the Food Pantry during business hours (Tu-Fri 9:30am-1pm, Sat 9am - 11:30am) or from our board and staff.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Prepare your garden now for the winter chill

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A gardening newsletter featuring Ask & Share and our friends at HGTV Gardens

  • October Ask & Share Highlights
  • Getting Bulbs Ready for Winter
  • Cleaning and Storing Garden Tools
  • Putting the Flower Garden to Bed
  • Tips & Tricks

  • Leaves are changing color, days are getting shorter, and there's a chill in the air — all signs to gardeners that it's time to start preparing for the cold winter months ahead. Whether you're planting bulbs, raking leaves, tidying up the flower garden or cleaning and sharpening tools, there's still a lot to keep a gardener busy as the growing season winds down in most parts of the country. Check out our suggestions for easy ways to put your garden to bed this fall in preparation for a dazzling show next spring and summer.

    Ask & Share Community Highlights

    Sue asked:
    I have a mandevilla and want to overwinter it indoors. My basement is a constant 62 degrees. Can I put it there and water it occasionally or should it be kept upstairs?

    NGA answered:
    If you don't have a sunny window in which to grow your mandevilla over the winter, you can let it go dormant so it won't need light and then store in in your cool basement. MORE

    Bren asked:
    Let's share gardening myths. What are some of the zaniest tips on gardening you have ever heard?

    Bill answered:
    Bury a rusty nail under your hydrangeas and they will change color. Drop chewing gum in vole holes to kill them. Thunder in February, frost in April! MORE

    Getting Bulbs Ready for Winter
    Now is the time to get spring flowering bulbs in the ground. It's also time to dig up and store tender summer-flowering bulbs if your climate is too cold for these bulbs to overwinter in the ground. Your efforts this fall will help you experience a special show of color next growing season.

    Read the full article>>>

    From our friends at HGTV Gardens
    Cleaning and Storing Garden Tools

    Sharp blades ensure cleaner cuts when pruning and trimming. Pruners need frequent sharpening, as pruning soon blunts the blade. Good-quality models are easy to take apart, which makes cleaning and sharpening easier, and allows a damaged blade to be replaced. Knives are often better than pruners for delicate jobs, and should be cleaned, oiled, and sharpened in the same way.

    Read the full article from HGTV Gardens>>>

    Putting the Flower Garden to Bed
    It's official — fall has arrived! There's a wonderful, cool edge to the air these days that tells me it's time to prepare the garden (and myself) for a rest. My friend Cayce lives in San Jose, California, land of eternal gardening. It's a beautiful place, but I don't envy her. In my cold winter climate, I look forward to the respite that comes with the change of seasons, and I'm excited at the prospect of getting ready for it. Call me crazy, but I like having a concrete goal to reach for.

    Read the full article>>>

     NGA's Tips & Tricks
    Remove and Destroy Bearded Iris Foliage

    Iris borers, probably the most destructive pest of this flower, survive the winter as eggs in old iris foliage and plant debris at the base of the stalks. To reduce problems next spring, cut down and destroy all old leaves, stems, and any nearby plant debris after the first hard frost, when the female moths have stopped laying eggs. Put material in the trash or bury or burn it; don't add it to your compost pile.
    Mow, Don't Rake Leaves

    Want to make your life easier and help your soil at the same time? If there is just a thin layer of leaves on the lawn, chop them in place with your mower rather than raking them up. The small pieces of leaves will sift down between the blades of grass, releasing nutrients and improving the soil as they decompose. A mulching mower works best, but any rotary mower with a sharp blade will get the job done. If you have too deep a layer of leaves for this technique, collect the chopped leaves in the mower's collection bag. Use the resulting mixture of leaves and grass clippings to make some great compost.

    Keep Newly Planted Trees and Shrubs Watered

    Unless Mother Nature obliges with a soaking rain, keep watering any trees, shrubs and perennials that were newly planted this growing season until the ground freezes. This is especially important for newly planted evergreen trees and shrubs. In fact, it's a good idea to give your established evergreens a good soaking in late fall as well. Going into winter with a well-hydrated root system will help them come through the winter in the best shape.

    Join Ask & Share for more great information from the experts at NGA, our friends at HGTV Gardens, and real gardeners just like you!

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