Normally our annual appeal shares a story of a neighbor whose life has been positively influenced by the pantry. We decided to do things a little differently because really, what hasn’t been different this year? We want to share some of the stories this year not only from our neighbors, but our community as well. When the pandemic hit and so many businesses needed to close, the need to feed our neighbors didn’t stop. We quickly changed how we served our neighbors, by moving to a drive-up distribution, as well as providing home delivery, and we continued to feed the growing need. While we will always remember the sadness we felt, we will also remember the spirit and support
that we saw- and experienced – in our community.
We are so grateful to all of you for your support over these recent months. Over this past year, you ran marathons, sewed masks, became ambassadors, donated your veggies from your garden beds, your children sold lemonade and made homemade jewelry-all to help The Pantry. Our Party for the Pantry and Empty Bowls events still happened, but in a different way. Our Turkey Trot went virtual. Our Food Elves went out into the community and worked harder than ever to make their goal. You held golf tournaments, engaged with restaurants, and even wrote letters to Santa to help feed your neighbors. We were overwhelmed by the support this community showed.
And our neighbors have been more appreciative than ever. Learn about some of the people your gift will help.
Of course, these are only a few of our neighbors whom you have helped. Our neighbors are more than just a face or a person driving up in a car. Each person has their own story: a lost job, a death in the family, a medical bill, an illness, or the fallout of a global pandemic. We’re asking for your help again because while the pandemic highlighted food insecurity nationwide, the need will not recede as this bright light fades. After the Great Recession, it took nearly ten years, until 2018, for food insecurity to return to pre-recession levels, and even then 37 million people were still at risk for hunger (Feeding America, March 2021).
Our mission hasn’t changed, and we still need your support to feed our neighbors. The Franklin Food Pantry was here before the Pandemic, and we will be here after the Pandemic. Thank you for your support. Franklin is truly a community who cares for one another.
Make a donation today.