Food Pantry – Rules and Regulations

The Franklin Food Pantry is a privately run non-profit organization. The Franklin Food Pantry reserves the right to determine who receives food and how often the Pantry may be utilized. The use of the Pantry is a privilege not a right.

The Franklin Food Pantry is accepting new client applications only from residents of the Town of Franklin. Only one application per household, not individual, will be accepted. A client intake interview and form completion is required to become a client of the Franklin Food Pantry. Questions regarding you, your family, your household members and needs will be asked to determine your eligibility to use the Franklin Food Pantry. Failure to comply with the interview process may limit your access to the Franklin Food Pantry. If there is any change in the information provided on the intake form, please notify the Pantry immediately. These interviews and intake forms need to be updated every six months or as requested.

All information given will be held in the strictest of confidence. Many statistics are needed to apply for grants that help to keep the Pantry well stocked. Additional surveys may be taken from time to time. Only percentages and numbers are used. We never use names for these grants. We do request permission to share your information with local non-profit organizations and clubs that offer additional assistance to the residents of the Town of Franklin.

Distribution times are available weekdays by appointment only (no walk-ins allowed) and on one scheduled evening per month (no appointment necessary) from 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm. Days and times may change without notice. If you have any questions or need to cancel your scheduled appointment, please call the Franklin Food Pantry at 508-528-3115. Multiple failures to show up for your scheduled appointment may lead to restrictions on future appointments.

Remember, the food you receive is supplemental. If you find that you are relying on the Franklin Food Pantry for all your food needs, please let us know. We may be able to direct you to other sources for help.

Remember take only what you need. All food received and distributed is weighed for inventory control. Pantry staff workers are not always available or able to help bring food to your vehicle so please take only what you can handle or bring assistance with you.

The re-sale or exchange in any way of any food or item received from the Franklin Food Pantry is strictly prohibited.

One appointment per household can be made every thirty (30) days. We cannot make appointments any sooner than the required thirty (30) days.

No disorderly or threatening behavior towards the Food Pantry staff or other recipients will be tolerated at any time. No drugs or alcohol or anyone under the influence will be tolerated within the Franklin Food Pantry at any time. Persons suspected of being under the influence or being disorderly or threatening, will be asked to leave and may be prohibited from returning to the Franklin Food Pantry in the future. If they refuse to leave, the Police will be called immediately.

Failure to follow and obey these rules will result in removal from and the privilege to use the Franklin Food Pantry.

Updated: 5/30/12