In fiscal year 2019-2020, there were 6,727 client visits to the Pantry. The more than 1,400 individuals we serve include:
- 823 adults
- 410 children
- 197 seniors
We distributed 287,691 pounds of food to 620 households. Most neighbors visit at least monthly for a full shopping experience that includes chicken, meats, eggs, dairy products, household supplies and personal care items. Many count on us weekly to acquire enough food to feed their families. All of our clients have access to fresh fruits, vegetables and bread each day we are open. During the Pandemic, we are currently open twice a week for drive-up distribution and neighbors receive a prepacked back of food, fresh produce and protein choice. Neighbors can visit us once a week.
More families count on us during the holidays and winter months as they stretch their dollars to cover increased heat and electricity costs.
Typical neighbors include working families trying to make ends meet, people experiencing a temporary job loss, individuals whose SNAP (food stamps) benefits are reduced, and seniors. Seniors often seek help because most are on a fixed income and are impacted by higher medication and health care costs.
The Franklin Food Pantry receives no state or local funding for our operational costs. As a private, nonprofit organization, we depend on donations from individuals, corporations, foundations and other strategic partners. We are grateful for our many partnerships, including that with the Greater Boston Food Bank, that allow us to achieve greater buying power and lower our costs. Donations and grants fund our food purchases, keep our lights on, and put gas in our food truck.
There is no charge to clients for Pantry items or services.
- Walk-in Fridays (currently on hold during the Pandemic) where all clients are invited in for a full-shopping trip, no appointment necessary, to help ensure they have enough food to feed their families.
- The Mobile Pantry which delivers food monthly to select neighborhoods where people have difficulty getting to the Pantry
- Weekend Backpack Program which provides weekend meals and snacks to Franklin elementary school children in need
- Carts for Clients which provides free, portable shopping carts to clients who need a little extra help in transporting their groceries
- Healthy Futures Market that offers fresh fruits and vegetables which are not affordable for many families.
Emergency food bags and seasonal items, such as holiday meal packages, are also provided. Learn how to get help.
Because we are a “client-choice” pantry, visitors are empowered to select only what they need to meet their own personal dietary needs. Many pantries provide fixed boxes of food where clients do not have an opportunity to choose their items.
As a member agency of The Greater Boston Food Bank (GBFB), the Franklin Food Pantry is part of the GBFB objective of providing at least one meal a day to those in need. Learn more about this partnership.