This article originally appeared in the Boston Globe on May 5, 2020
Franklin Food Pantry buys new building to expand operations
By Globe Correspondent,Updated May 5, 2020, 6:30 p.m.
As demand for its services rises due to COVID-19, the Franklin Food Pantry recently purchased a new building to expand its operations.
The pantry announced its acquisition of the former Dante’s Motors building at 138 East Central St. to serve as its future home. The organization plans to begin raising funds later this year to renovate the building.
The group operates its pantry ― foods are currently being provided in prepackaged bags — in donated space at 43 West Central St., which will remain its location until the new building opens. The new facility will provide the larger space the group has been seeking to expand its pantry and other programs.
“We are so grateful for the incredible outpouring of support from our community as we meet increased demand due to Covid-19 and we are happy to be able to bring some good news to them,” Tina Powderly, the pantry’s board president said in a statement.
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