In this season of giving, we often see the reverse advent calendar meme being shared on social media. The idea is that on each day of December a person would donate an item to give to a local food pantry and then on December 24, the food is delivered. While we appreciate the spirit behind the idea, we wanted to take the opportunity to share the best way that you can help The Franklin Food Pantry this holiday season and throughout the year!
Right now, because of the Covid-19 pandemic, our Pantry is running very different than it has in the past. All of our neighbors receive the same bag of shelf-stable food items (along with a choice of proteins and produce.) Therefore we need many of the same type of item to meet our neighbors’ needs. In addition to our normal space restrictions, we have a much smaller staff than usual to help us process food donations, we simply can’t handle a large donation of unexpected food donations. The Pantry is also closed from December 23 – January 1 and we will not be able to collect any donations made during that time.
How Can You Help?
Food and Fund Drive
We are so grateful for all of the ways our community wants to help. If you do want to hold a food and fund drive, please contact our operations manager Sue Kilcoyne. Sue can talk to you about what items the Pantry needs and how to set up a FOOD specific drive to best help our neighbors. This helps us know when the drive is happening so we can be prepared with volunteers and space to sort, weigh and store the food. Please don’t forget to follow our donation guidelines: no expired food, nonperishable items only and no medicines or vitamins. Always check out our current needs list or our Amazon Wish List.
Please also consider making a monetary donation instead. Monetary gifts enable the Pantry to:
- Purchase more nutritious and fresh food (fruits, vegetables, dairy products and meats) to supplement nonperishable food donations
- Purchase food from the Greater Boston Food Bank at the best possible price. The Pantry leverages its buying power to acquire food at a fraction of grocery store costs.
- Provide personal care items and cleaning supplies that are not covered by SNAP (food stamps) – necessities many take for granted, such as soap, shampoo, toothpaste, toilet paper, laundry detergent and feminine hygiene products.
- Meet community need all year long, especially during times when food and fund drives happen less frequently.
- Manage our inventory more efficiently. Food donations require much time, space and labor for sorting, date checking and storing.
Donate here using our secure online donation form. You can:
- Make a one-time gift
- Set up a recurring gift, such as monthly, to make a difference all year long
- Give in honor or memory of someone special
- Create your own fundraiser to support The Pantry.
- Become a Food Pantry Ambassador
Consider donating to us all year long. Hunger knows no season and we work to meet our clients’ needs all year long. Thank you for your support.