Special Programs

Access to nutritious and fresh food is a critical component to emotional and physical health. The high cost of fresh fruits and vegetables can be a barrier to wholesome nutrition for many families. We offer a variety of programs and services to help clients achieve the best nutritional health possible.

Healthy Futures Shelf

You can make healthy food choices on our Healthy Futures Shelf. Working with the Hockomock Area YMCA and Stop & Shop, we created this program to take preventative measures to help combat high blood pressure, diabetes and obesity. Choose among items that fit your special dietary needs, such as low fat, no salt, high protein or gluten-free.

Healthy Futures Market

Visit our Healthy Futures Market to pick up locally grown fresh produce. We work with local farms throughout the growing season of June to October to ensure we have a continuous supply of seasonal fresh fruits and vegetables for your monthly shopping visits.

Cooking Matters

Learn how to cook nutritious and delicious food on a budget. Working with the Hockomock Area YMCA and Share Our Strength, we offer FREE cooking classes that teach participants to shop smarter, use nutrition information to make healthier choices, and cook delicious, affordable meals.

You will:

  • Get a free bag of groceries each week
  • Work with a chef to prepare healthy meals
  •  Ask a nutritionist questions about their own personal dietary needs
  • Visit the grocery store to learn to shop for healthy and affordable food
  • Have access to FREE babysitting for children 6 weeks or older
  • Meet others and share ideas for making small changes towards a healthier life

Call the Pantry at 508-528-3115 for information on Cooking Matters.

Mobile Pantry

Some residents in need of hunger relief have difficulty getting to the Franklin Food Pantry. Obstacles such as childcare, medical reasons or transportation issues make it impossible to get to the downtown location.

Through our Mobile Pantry, families with small children, seniors, and individuals with disabilities have access to common household food staples, meat, dairy, fresh fruits and bakery items. Currently the Mobile Pantry visits the following location monthly:

Franklin Housing Authority
Community Hall on Central Park Terrace
2nd Monday every month
2:30 to 3:30 p.m.

If you live in the above location, visit the Mobile Pantry on the designated day and time to register. Once it is determined that you are eligible for Pantry services, you will be given a supply of food that day. As a client, you are able to use the Mobile Pantry services monthly in the future.

For more information on our Mobile Pantry, please call 508-528-3115.