Former client, now donor, pays it forward through monthly giving
John May and his family counted on the Pantry’s help 16 years ago. Today, the Pantry counts on him. As a monthly recurring donor, John is paying it forward by helping other families in need all year long. Here is John’s story:
“I started my monthly pledge about a year ago. I learned about the pantry 16 years ago after my wife and I moved here and hit an unforeseen financial disaster after a few months. I lost my job and she was hospitalized with an illness all in the same month. The pantry helped us out for a couple of weeks. Fast forward 16 years and we’re doing well, our kids are grown and leading happy, successful lives, all because for a short time when we needed it, our community supported us. I used to donate canned goods during drives, but now that I know more about the actual logistics of food (storage, distribution, and how super markets work), it’s far more effective to send a donation of cash, and the food pantry can really stretch those dollars more.
I am now semi-retired from a career in the forklift business, and I work part-time in the produce department at Wegmans in Northborough.
I decided on a monthly donation because need has no season, and families need to eat 52 weeks a year.
It’s the way to go for the aforementioned reasons, and it does not have to be a big amount. You won’t even miss it.
If even a small percentage of Franklin homes pledged $5 a month through the automatic donation feature on the pantry’s website, that would be a tremendous help for our fellow citizens in need at a time of crisis. We brag about being listed as one of the safest small towns in the USA, why not be the most caring as well?”