Monday, February 23, 2015

EMC Newsletter Features the Pantry in Giving Back Article

The Franklin Food Pantry was recently featured in an article, “Employees Give Back,” in one of EMC’s employee newsletters. In the Q1-2015 issue of WISE (Workplace Innovation for Success and Excellence), the article was included in a larger spread about the many ways that EMC gives back to the community. 

The newsletter is printed and distributed to employees at the Franklin manufacturing plant, and is also available to employees around the world via EMC’s intranet website. 

We are thankful to EMC for all of their support throughout the year, and for helping us inform others about the importance of hunger relief and our mission.

Food and non-food donations can be placed in the bin by our front door at 43 West Central St. Please be mindful of what you leave given the weather conditions. 
Financial contributions can be mailed to our PO Box 116, Franklin, MA  02038 or made securely through our webpage:  
donate securely here
donate securely here

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Your Greater Boston Food Bank Update: Braving the Cold and Buried in Snow

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Braving the Cold and Buried in Snow | The Greater Boston Food Bank
New England winters are always more difficult for those in need. The cold results in higher energy costs, making it difficult to keep up with bills to stay warm and to buy enough nutritious food to stay healthy. This winter has brought frigid temperatures, unprecedented volumes of snow and more complications for all. At The Greater Boston Food Bank (GBFB), we are busy working around snow storms to ensure we can keep up. We are grateful for your dedication, and your continued support is needed more than ever so we can help our neighbors in need through this rough winter. Learn how you can help to End Hunger Here.
Be an Advocate | The Greater Boston Food Bank
Each year, GBFB and its network of supporters raise our voices to advocate for increased Massachusetts Emergency Food Assistance Program (MEFAP) funding. In 2014, MEFAP funds provided more than 16 million meals, or 12% of all meals provided. This year, the Food Bank Coalition of Massachusetts (The Greater Boston Food Bank, The Food Bank of Western Massachusetts, Worcester County Food Bank and Merrimack Valley Food Bank) is advocating for an increase in MEFAP funding to $20 million, which could enable GBFB to provide another 7 million meals.
Learn more and how you can join our advocacy efforts to help End Hunger Here.
Messaging and Perceptions Survey | The Greater Boston Food Bank
As part of our continued efforts to assess our work, we are conducting a short survey. The survey results will provide insights on how to improve our messaging focus to better serve our community and to support our mission to End Hunger Here. We value each of our supporters who make our work possible, and invite you to participate. The survey will only take five minutes to complete and all responses are anonymous.

Super Hunger Brunch 2015
On January 24 and 25, GBFB and restaurants around Boston hosted the 32nd Super Hunger Brunch. Thank you to all who joined us to Brunch for a Cause. We are still waiting for final results, but want to share some photos from the great weekend.

Stay Warm with Chicken Noodle Soup
These cold winter days are perfect for warm chicken noodle soup. Designed by GBFB's Registered Dieticians, this recipe is packed with protein and healthy vegetables. Also, ingredients are representative of common items distributed by GBFB. Get the recipe here and enjoy!
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Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Food Pantry now open

With the schools open today (Feb 10th), the Food Pantry returns to 'normal' operation.

Please be careful moving about town, the roads are narrow and the sidewalks not yet cleared.

school buses will be rolling this morning with schools re-opening
school buses will be rolling this morning with schools re-opening

Monday, January 26, 2015

Food Pantry Closed - Tuesday/Wednesday (Jan 27-28)

As is our practice, we follow the lead on what the Town of Franklin does for weather emergencies. The School notification was just received (see below).

Be safe



Based on direction from our public safety officials all schools will be closed on Tuesday 1/27 and Wednesday 1/28. 
There will be no school activities Monday 1/26, Tuesday 1/27 or Wednesday 1/28. 
All School buildings will be closed during this time. Town Hall will be closed on Tuesday and Wednesday as well. 
There will be no Recreation programs nor evening basketball. 
We wanted to convey the information early so families may make plans. 
The HS schedule of exams will be disseminated by the HS administration.

Thank You

FHS in the snow Feb 2014
FHS in the snow Feb 2014

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Wednesday, January 21, 2015

“12 Days of Donating” goes over the top

The Franklin Food Elves are pleased to announce that the final donation numbers are in and the “12 Days of Donating” Campaign has collected more than three tons (or 6,400 pounds) of goods and $8,500 for the Franklin Food Pantry.
(L-R) Food Elf Ellie Teixeira, Co-founder Cameron Piana, Food Pantry Executive Director Erin Lynch at the Franklin Food Pantry in December 2014.
More than 90 Food Elves collected from over 30 Franklin neighborhoods, the most volunteers in the history of the Franklin Food Elves. They worked in conjunction with local businesses that set up collection bins at their locations around town.
“We’d like to thank all of residents of Franklin who donated to our campaign this year. We also would like to thank the elves who worked hard to bring the donations in, and the businesses that helped fill the donation bins at their locations,” says Cameron Piana, Food Elves co-founder.
The Franklin Food Elves was co-founded by Melissa and Cameron Piana 9 years ago and has grown each year.  Since the beginning the organization has brought in a total of 10 tons (20,380 pounds) of food donations and over $25,700 for the Franklin Food Pantry.
Local businesses were deeply involved in this year’s campaign. DCU gave a check for $5,000, and 15 other businesses pledged a $200 cash donation and donated time and bin space to the cause.

Those businesses included Auerr, Zajac & Associates, LLC, Berry Insurance, British Beer Company, Dean Bank, Dean College, Drama Kids of Metro West, Emma’s Quilt Cupboard, the Franklin Downtown Partnership, Jane’s Frames, Keefe Insurance Agency, Murphy Business, Printsmart Office Products, Pour Richard’s Wine & Spirits, RE/MAX Executive Realty, and Yellin & Hyman, P.C. 

For more information about the Food Elves and the “12 Days of Donating” campaign, please contact the Food Elves at or visit their Facebook page

This was shared from the Franklin Downtown Partnership page