Monday, April 21, 2014

Franklin Letter Carriers Help Franklin Food Pantry Stamp Out Hunger in Community Food Drive on May 10

On Saturday, May 10, 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 74.4 million pounds of food last year and 1.3 billion since its inception 22 years ago.

Stamp Out Hunger - May 10
Stamp Out Hunger - May 10

“Stamp Out Hunger is an opportunity for the Franklin letter carriers to help people in need who live in our own backyard,” says Rich Maloney, Franklin member of NALC. “It is a truly moving experience when you see our fleet of mail trucks arrive at the Food Pantry with bags of food donations from the community. Last year we collected and delivered four thousand pounds of food that helped feed area families in need. With the help of our community, we hope to collect even more food this year.”

The Franklin Food Pantry is experiencing an increased need for its services which mirrors trends seen nationally and throughout Massachusetts. “We have seen a 43 percent increase in families returning weekly for bread and produce during the last year,” says Erin Lynch, director of development for the Franklin Food Pantry. “With more than 600 local households unable to afford three meals a day, the number of pounds of provisions we distributed increased by 30 percent.”

The Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive comes at an ideal time for the Pantry. “We receive tremendous support from the community during the November/December holiday season,” says Lynch. “But donations slow down after the first of the year, and by springtime, our inventory becomes very low. We do not have enough food to help the hundreds of families who are counting on us for supplemental food assistance. Thanks to the Franklin letter carriers, and the generosity of town residents, this food drive allows us to replenish our inventory in preparation for the summer season.”

Franklin residents can help out with the food drive by leaving a bag of non-perishable food where their letter carrier normally delivers their mail on Saturday, May 10. Letter carriers will then pick up the bags during their normal mail rounds and will deliver the food to the Franklin Food Pantry. Residents can also drop off their donations at the Pantry from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on May 10, or during the Pantry’s regular business hours, Tuesday - Friday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The Pantry is located at 43 West Central Street, Route 140.

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

  • Canned tomato products
  • Canned fruit
  • Canned ravioli
  • Tuna (white in water)
  • Cereal
  • Olive and/or canola oil
  • Dry spices and herbs (parsley, garlic powder, basil, cinnamon, etc.)
  • Vinegar
  • Gluten free products

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

  • Deodorant
  • Dish Soap
  • All-purpose cleaners
  • Baby diapers/wipes

For more information on the Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive, visit

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 is located at 43 West Central Street, Route 140 and can accept donations during business hours, Tuesday - Friday, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. Non-perishables may also 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. For more information, visit, like the Pantry’s Facebook page, or call 508-528-3115. The Franklin Food Pantry is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization FEIN # 04-3272663.

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Stuff A Truck Challenge At Healthy Kids Day

The Franklin Food Pantry will be bringing their new Mobile Pantry Truck to Healthy Kids Day and we challenge you to help us fill it with healthier items!

The Stuff a Truck Challenge will close out the Hockomock Area YMCA 2014 Healthy Futures Food Drive.

When: Saturday, May 3rd

Where: Patriot Place NRG Plaza, Foxborough MA

Time: 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

Hockomock YMCA
Hockomock YMCA
 Suggested donation items include: high fiber cereal, low sodium canned vegetables, toiletries, paper goods, whole grain pasta, pasta sauce, olive oil, spices, 100% fruit juice, multi-vitamins, white tuna, cans of beans, oatmeal, nuts or seeds
Mass in Motion
Mass in Motion

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Stamp Out Hunger - Sat, May 10

The postal carriers will be conducting their annual "Stamp Out Hunger" food drive to help the Franklin Food Pantry.

Stamp Out Hunger - May 10
Stamp Out Hunger - May 10

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

SNETT trail Healthy Heart Kick-off - Apr 25

Please join us as we celebrate the unveiling of the DCR Healthy Heart Trail, with an informative and fun introduction to a local trail gem, The Southern New England Trunkline Trail (SNETT). We will begin with a formal presentation at the Y and then move to the SNETT for a walk on the trail and picnic luncheon with our Y families.

Opening remarks provided by Representative Jeffrey Roy, Town Administrator Jeff Nutting, Franklin resident and YMCA Board member Brian Kelly, and a DCR representative.

There will be opportunities for networking prior to the start of the program and while on the trail.

Friday, Apr 25, 2014
9:00 AM to 11:30 AM
Bernon Family YMCA
45 Forge Hill Road

DCR Healthy Heart Trail Kick-off
DCR Healthy Heart Trail Kick-off
Please RSVP to Marissa L. Garofano MPH, CHES by Apr 22
Director of  Community Wellness
Hockomock Area YMCA

For more information about the SNETT visit the Franklin Bellingham Rail Trail Committee webpage

Monday, April 14, 2014

Aubuchon Hardware - Apr 19

Please join us for some refreshments and help support the Franklin Food Pantry. We will have our grills set up and be cooking hot dogs and offering other treats for you to enjoy. In lieu of payment for refreshments we will be accepting monetary donations for the Franklin Food Pantry.
Aubuchon Hardware
Aubuchon Hardware
The Franklin Food Pantry helps our neighbors throughout the community obtain the food they need. During their last year, approximately 1,590 individuals were served by the Franklin Food Pantry, over 35% are children. Also the Pantry distributed more than 186,000 pounds of food, which was an increase of 35,000 pounds from the prior year.

Saturday, Apr 19 - 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM