Food Elves Launch Holiday Drive

Franklin Food Elf

“12 Days of Donating” Campaign Celebrates 13th Year

This year the Franklin Food Elves “12 Days of Donating” Campaign marks 13 years of helping neighbors in need during the holiday season.

The Elves will once again shift their collections for the Pantry to monetary donations only. The move away from food collections last year 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 Erin Lynch, 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 nearly $24,000 last year.

“The community’s response was incredibly positive,” said Lynch. “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 nearly 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.

Over the next few weeks, 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 CrowdRise. You can make a donation to the Food Elves Campaign here. If you have a neighborhood Food Elf you would like to support, click on the Team button to find your Elf. Otherwise, you can click on the general donate button to donate to the Campaign.

CrowdRise is the world’s largest and fastest​-​growing fundraising platform dedicated exclusively to charitable giving. Each Elf will be able to keep track of how much each personally raises.

There are more than 130 elementary, middle and high school students involved in the Food Elves. Any student interested in becoming a Food Elf for the 2019 Campaign can sign up online here.