Franklin Food Pantry Distributes Record Number of Holiday Meal Kits

Franklin Community Continues to Experience Increasing Demand for Food Assistance

FRANKLIN, Mass. (Dec. 28, 2023)—The Franklin Food Pantry, which provides supplemental food assistance and programs in Franklin, Massachusetts, distributed 275 holiday meal kits to coincide with the Thanksgiving holiday, and 333 holiday meal kits for December holiday celebrations. Meal kits included canned goods and vegetables, a gift card to purchase a protein of choice at a local supermarket, and holiday-inspired desserts. The meal kits were distributed curbside by volunteers and staff. Many of the meal kit items, including the reusable shopping bags, were donated by community groups, local business partners, and supporters of The Pantry.

This year’s demand for holiday meal kits echoes the overall increase for food and services at The Pantry. Visits to The Pantry from September to December 2023 increased 42 percent vs. the same period last year. The Pantry attributes the growing need to the continued high cost of food and housing, the end of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) Emergency Allotments, and The Pantry’s increased visibility on Rt. 140 in Franklin.

“We are grateful for the opportunity to provide hunger relief to our neighbors in need, especially during the holiday season, but the growing need underscores that there is more work to be done,” said Tina Powderly, Executive Director, of the Franklin Food Pantry. “Fighting hunger is an ongoing battle and with the community’s support we can get food into the hands of those who are experiencing food insecurity throughout the year.”

Individuals, community groups, and businesses can get involved by hosting a food or fund drive, making a tax-deductible donation, or volunteering.  More opportunities to get involved are listed on The Pantry’s website.

For more information on the Franklin Food Pantry, or if you or someone you know needs assistance, please call 508-528-3115 or email

About the Franklin Food Pantry, Inc.
The Franklin Food Pantry, Inc. offers supplemental food assistance, household necessities, and resource referral programs to more than 1,300 individuals per year. The Pantry relies on donations and grants to purchase items and pay for daily operations, and partnerships with The Greater Boston Food Bank, Lovin’ Spoonfuls, and local grocery stores to achieve greater buying power and lower costs. Programs include In-person Shopping, Curbside Pick-up, Emergency Food Bags, Mobile Pantries, Home Delivery, Kids’ Snack Bags, Weekend Backpacks, Holiday Meal Kits, Community Gardens, and the Franklin Farmers Market. The Pantry is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization in good standing in Massachusetts, recognized by Charity Navigator as a Four-Star Charity, and awarded GuideStar’s Platinum Transparency ranking. The Pantry is located at 341 W. Central St. in Franklin, MA on Route 140. Please visit for more information.

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