People across America are speaking out against hunger during Hunger Action Month in September. The month-long national awareness campaign is spearheaded by Feeding America and its network of 200 food banks across the country, including the Greater Boston Food Bank.
As a partnering agency of the Greater Boston Food Bank, the Franklin Food Pantry joins this network of hunger relief organizations by helping to educate our own community about hunger. Throughout the month, the Pantry will share information about the impact of hunger, its own hunger relief efforts in the community, and some behind-the-scenes profiles of the volunteers and donors who make it all possible.
“Hunger Action Month is a great time for all of us to think about others who are struggling with hunger,” says Erin Lynch, Franklin Food Pantry executive director. “Just learning about the level of hunger that exists in our own community is a step in the right direction to addressing this issue. So many people in Franklin are not aware of the need we have right here in our own town.”
Lynch said that many don’t realize that there is a food pantry in town, nor that it offers much more than a few shelves of canned and boxed food. “We offer access to healthy, fresh and nutritious food so that our most vulnerable neighbors can better cope with their financial hardship. We also offer some additional supportive services to help people get back on their feet again.” Learn more about Pantry services.
Last year the Pantry gave out 27,087 bags of groceries to neighbors in need. The amount of food distributed was 284,113 pounds. Lynch said that the Pantry relies on monetary donations and volunteer support to sustain such an incredible effort. “We do all this with no funding from the town or state,” she said. “As a non-profit organization, we depend entirely on donations. We are grateful for the generous support the community gives us.”
Take Some Action!
Lynch hopes that others will make a greater effort this month to learn more about the impact of hunger, and what they can do about it. Through social media and its website, the Pantry will share educational information and offer ideas on what you can do to help. Here’s a sneak preview:
- Go to our About Hunger page and get the facts
- Like our Facebook page and ask your friends to Like us (by the month’s end, we hope to increase our Friends by 322 – the number of children we serve)
- Donate money to help us fill some grocery bags. Monetary donations allow us to purchase the fresh food our clients’ need, and for half the cost of the grocery store
- Check out our open volunteer positions. Our greatest need currently is for adults to help re-stock our Pantry shelves and replenish fresh inventory
- Check back to our website frequently to learn about others who are helping to make a difference and new ways you can help out, too
Thank you for your support in helping us spread the word!