The Elves will once again shift their collections for the Pantry to monetary donations only. The move away from food collections last year was necessary because the Pantry has no room to store the large amount of products that are donated during the holiday season.
|(left to right) Julia Buccella and Natalie Dextradeur, |
co-leaders of the Food Elves Campaign
“We are truly grateful for the incredible amount of food we receive, but we are simply out of space,” said Erin Lynch, the Pantry’s executive director. “After the holidays, when end-of-year giving subsides and food drives are infrequent, monetary donations will help us through the lean months that follow.”
The Food Elves Campaign is now the Pantry’s largest fundraiser, raising nearly $24,000 last year.
“The community’s response was incredibly positive,” said Lynch. “The Elves delivered the message about our needs and the constraints of our facility, and their neighbors responded with enthusiasm. They rallied behind the Food Elves and really showed their support for the Pantry and the nearly 1,000 individuals who count on us.”
Monetary gifts allow the Pantry to buy what they need when they need it. They can supplement the nonperishable food that is collected through food drives with fresh and frozen foods like chicken, beef and other meats, dairy products, eggs, fresh vegetables and fruits.
|an open house and
tour at the Franklin Food Pantry |
for a group of Food Elves to kick off this year’s holiday drive
Over the next few weeks, the Food Elves will reach out to their neighbors about how they can support the Pantry. Donations can be made in two ways: through a check donation that the elves will pick up personally and deliver to the Pantry; or through each Elf's own personal campaign page on CrowdRise.
CrowdRise is the world’s largest and fastest-growing fundraising platform dedicated exclusively to charitable giving. Each Elf will be able to keep track of how much each personally raises.
There are more than 130 elementary, middle and high school students involved in the Food Elves. Any student interested in becoming a Food Elf for the 2019 Campaign can sign up online at www.franklinfoodpantry.org/franklin-food-elves/.