Food Elves Launch Holiday Drive

Franklin Food Elf

“12 Days of Donating” Campaign Celebrates 14th Year. This year the Franklin Food Elves “12 Days of Donating” Campaign marks 14 years of helping neighbors in need during the holiday season.The Elves will once again shift their collections for the Pantry to monetary donations onlyThe move away from past food collections was necessary because the Pantry has no room to store the large amount of products that are donated during the holiday season.“We are truly grateful for the incredible amount of food we receive, but we are simply out of space,” said Lynn Calling, the Pantry’s executive director. “After the holidays, when end-of-year giving subsides and food drives are infrequent, monetary donations will help us through the lean months that follow.” The Food Elves Campaign is now the Pantry’s largest fundraiser, raising over $29,000 last year.“The community’s response was incredibly positive,” said Calling. “The Elves delivered the message about our needs and the constraints of our facility, and their neighbors responded with enthusiasm. They rallied behind the Food Elves and really showed their support for the Pantry and the over 1,000 individuals who count on us.”

Monetary gifts allow the Pantry to buy what they need when they need it. They can supplement the nonperishable food that is collected through food drives with fresh and frozen foods like chicken, beef and other meats, dairy products, eggs, fresh vegetables and fruits. Starting December 1, the Food Elves will reach out to their neighbors about how they can support the Pantry. Donations can be made in two ways: through a check donation that the elves will pick up personally and deliver to the Pantry; or through each Elf’s own personal campaign page on DonorPerfect. You can make a donation to the Food Elves Campaign here or be on the look out for neighborhood elves who will reach out to you directly.