The Milford Daily News reports on the increasing demands seen by MetroWest area food pantries. The Franklin Food Pantry was among those quoted:
At the Franklin Food Pantry, Director of Development Erin Lynch said the pantry distributed 186,000 pounds of food in its most recent fiscal year, up 24 percent from the prior fiscal year. Lynch, like other pantry leaders, noticed many clients have jobs but are still unable to afford food amid rising costs of living and inadequate pay.
“I think it takes along time for families to feel the impact, even if the economy is getting better” Lynch said. “We really haven’t seen evidence on our end yet (of improvements).”
Lynch said the pantry hopes in the next year to work with other community groups to better understand what causes food insecurity and how to improve the situation without just distributing more and more food. Items they could look at is improving job skill training resources, she said.
What can you do to help the Food Pantry?One easy way is to buy a ticket to our fund raising wine tasting event coming up Thursday, Sep 12. Tickets are available online at http://www.franklinfoodpantry.org/ or at the Food Pantry (in the Roackland Trust parking lot downtown Franklin).