Franklin Food Elves Change It Up!

This year the Franklin Food Elves “12 Days of Donating” Campaign marks 12 years of helping neighbors in need during the holiday season. The Elves are putting a new twist on this popular giving tradition with a shift in their collections for the Pantry.

(left to right) Julia Buccella and Natalie Dextradeur are serving as Co-Lead Food Elves for the 2017 Campaign. They are rallying more than 130 area youth to volunteer for the traditional holiday drive that benefits the Pantry.

The Elves are changing it up to be a FUND ONLY drive. With dozens of food and fund drives underway, the Pantry is out of space to store the inventory. Monetary donations that are collected will be used to buy chicken, beef and other meats, dairy products, eggs, fresh vegetables and fruits.

According to Erin Lynch, the Pantry’s Executive Director, “Our community becomes very involved this time of year in collecting food for the Pantry. We are grateful for the incredible amount of food we receive. But, 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.”

“In addition, monetary gifts allow us to buy what we need when we need it. Monetary support gives us the flexibility we need to provide for the more than 1,000 individuals who count on us.  We are also able to purchase food through the Greater Boston Food Bank for much less money than people pay in the grocery store.”

Later this month, the Food Elves will notify their neighbors about how they can support the Pantry. As in the past, they will distribute flyers in their neighborhoods about the Food Elves Drive. Neighbors can make donations in two ways: through a check donation that the elves will pick up personally; or through each Elf’s own personal campaign page on CrowdRise. CrowdRise is the world’s largest and fastest​-​growing fundraising platform dedicated exclusively to charitable giving. It is used by millions of individuals to raise money for their favorite charities​ and causes. 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 should contact franklinfoodelves2017@gmail.com.