Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Third Annual Turkey Trot 5K Family Fun Run and Walk to benefit the Franklin Food Pantry

The Third Annual Turkey Trot 5K Family Fun Run will take place on Thanksgiving morning, Thursday, November 27th. The lollipop course will begin and end at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (LDS Church) at 91 Jordan Road in Franklin. Sponsored by the Feed the Need organization located in Hull, MA, the race is open to runners and walkers of all ages, featuring medals for best overall, first, second and third and for men, women and children by age category. A free raffle and continental breakfast will follow the race.

Feed the Need races started back in 2003 to support food pantries and shed light on hunger issues in local communities. The first such race took place here in Franklin in 2005, an idea of the LDS Church to help give back.“The race was renamed the Franklin Turkey Trot and began taking place on Thanksgiving morning three years ago when my son Hayden asked if he could plan the race as his Eagle Scout project – it has really hit its stride since,” remarked Krystal Whitmore, Director of the Franklin Turkey Trot.

“We are inspired by the fantastic turnout for the Franklin race. It is wonderful to see something so simple create this great sense of community bonding and giving back on the holiday of Thanksgiving.” Erin Lynch, Executive Director for the Franklin Food Pantry agrees, “When
people come out on this special holiday to get involved it shows a uniting and protecting of our community – our larger family – from the threat of hunger. We are grateful to Feed the Need for spearheading the race and raising awareness.”

Food Pantry Executive Director Erin Lynch and Rep Jeff Roy training for the Feed the Need 5k
Food Pantry Executive Director Erin Lynch and Rep Jeff Roy training for the Feed the Need 5k

Erin has been preparing to run this year’s race for several weeks with Franklin’s State Representative Jeffrey Roy. “Representative Roy and I decided to run the race in 2014 to bring more attention to the aspect of building sustainable solutions to end hunger. Jeff has been a huge supporter of our role in the Healthy Futures Franklin initiative, a collaboration launched by the Hockomock Area YMCA. We are all working together to improve the health of the community, and increasing access to nutritious food is a critical step.”

“Franklin is a town that prides itself in connecting with one another in the face of adversity,” said Representative Jeffrey Roy “On the issue of hunger, Franklin Food Pantry is at the heart of a collaborative network of organizations, individuals and volunteers who partner throughout the year to make food and healthy, life changing programs available to our neighbors. The Franklin Turkey Trot is one of those events where it all comes together and I would like to thank Erin Lynch for issuing me the challenge several months ago to join her in healthy living and training to run this year.”

Entry Fee for the Turkey Trot $20 or 20 cans of food (or box of personal toiletries). To participate in the Turkey Trot, please pre-register online at http://www.feedtheneed.org/races. Register in person at LDS Church on Wednesday night, November 26th, 7-9pm or on race day, 6:45-7:45am. The first 100 participants to pick up their race bibs on Wednesday night will receive a T-shirt.

As part of the mission to provide immediate hunger relief and healthy sustainable solutions, the Franklin Food Pantry has increased the amount of fresh produce offered, resulting in a 43% increase in households returning on a regular basis for their fruits and vegetables. From June through October the pantry hosts a weekly Healthy Futures Market, where families receive produce as well as cooking demonstrations and healthy recipes courtesy of Cooking Matters. Also implemented this year was the new Healthy Futures™ shelf, which offers healthy alternatives such as Gluten-Free, Low Sodium, Low Sugar, and Whole Grain options for each family to choose from.

Other ways to donate:

To make a donation to the Franklin Food Pantry, please visit The Pantry located at 43 West Central Street, Route 140. Donations are accepted during business hours, Tuesday-Friday, 9:00am -1:00pm and on Saturdays from 9:00-11:30am. Non-perishables may 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.

About Feed the Need

Feed the Need is a volunteer organization dedicated to promoting education and awareness of local hunger issues by sponsoring physical activities and events.

About Franklin Food Pantry

The Franklin Food Pantry is a registered 501(c) 3 non-profit organization FEIN #04-327663. 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 currently serves more than 600 households throughout the local community; distributing more than 186,000 pounds of food and provisions annually. Families receive monthly food supplies; weekly produce and bread; and special seasonal items of holiday meal packages and school supplies. Please visit the website at www.franklinfoodpantry.org, and like Franklin Food Pantry on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/FranklinFoodPantry, or call us at 508-528-3115.

Saturday, October 25, 2014

News from Norfolk County Registry of Deeds - Cradles to Crayons

Norfolk County Registry of Deeds

Norfolk County Registry of Deeds - Cradles to Crayons

Norfolk County Register of Deeds William P. O'Donnell today announced the Registry of Deeds office, located at 649 High Street, Dedham, will continue to serve as a donation site for the non-profit organization Cradles to Crayons. Founded in 2002, Cradles to Crayons is a non-profit organization providing our most vulnerable children with the essentials they need to feel safe, warm and ready to learn.

Register O'Donnell noted, "As a society, it is important to help as best we can our most precious citizens, our children. Cradles to Crayons does tremendous work providing the essentials a child less fortunate needs in their formative years. With the winter months rapidly approaching and the holiday season near, warm coats, winter hats, gloves, shoes, sneakers, and children's hygiene products are some of the critical items needed. I encourage both residents and businesses of Norfolk County to participate in this worthy program and drop by the Registry with a donation."

The donation site for the Norfolk County Registry of Deeds is located in the Registry's lower lobby. Anyone with questions or requiring assistance should call the Registry of Deeds at (781) 461-6104 or email agardner@norfolkdeeds.org. To learn more about the work of Cradles to Crayons, please visit their website www.cradlestocrayons.org.

Register William P. O'Donnell
Norfolk County Registry of Deeds

phone: 781-234-3336

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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. FranklinFoodPantry.org/

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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