Coronavirus Update – March 16, 2020

We want to thank our community for the amazing show of support that they have shown us over the past few days. We’re so grateful for your donations to help us to continue to serve our neighbors through this crisis. The coronavirus poses an even bigger health threat to our community’s most vulnerable populations – low-income individuals and senior citizens – who can’t afford to miss work or an extra trip to the grocery store. With schools closed and many people out of work, we expect to see an increased need for our services. If you haven’t had an opportunity and are able to donate, we’d appreciate your help.  You can easily donate online. Thank you again for your support. 

While our doors will still be open to all who need us, we are making some changes to ensure safety among our guests. We are limiting those who enter The Pantry. Effective immediately we are suspending our volunteer hours and will have less staff working. We will offer no shopping within The Pantry. Instead, we ask that our neighbors keep their appointments and drive up to The Pantry and a staff member will bring prepackaged bags to their car or through walk up services.  We will offer the prepackaged bags through April 6 and will reevaluate the situation then. 

We are working closely with town officials and school administration to get the word out to the community that we are here for those that need us and also to discuss programs, such as the weekend backpack program, that are impacted by school closures.  We will keep the community updated as plans are finalized.

In addition we also will be postponing two of our large Spring fundraising events: The Party for The Pantry and Empty Bowls. We know many of you look forward to these events and we will keep you updated when we are able to reschedule them. Thank you to our Sponsors for their support. Please follow us on Facebook for regular updates.  

If you have any questions or concerns, please reach out to me at



Lynn Calling
Executive Director
Franklin Food Pantry