Saturday, April 7, 2018

ArtWeek To Launch Statewide Creative Festival With More Than 500 Events From April 27 – May 6

Presented by Highland Street Foundation and produced by the Boch Center, ArtWeek today announced its largest season lineup ever. The award-winning creative festival will offer more than 500 events from April 27 – May 6—more than double the size of the 2017 festival. For the first time, ArtWeek events will take place across the Commonwealth, with a presence in 155 neighborhoods and towns across all six regions of the state. The festival aims to provide participants with new ways to get creative and make art and culture more accessible to everyone. This season, more than 70 percent of all ArtWeek events are free.

Visit to view the full calendar of events.

"When we joined forces with Highland Street Foundation in 2013, I had no idea that there would be such enthusiastic support and demand for redefining cultural experiences and allowing people to take creativity into their own hands," said Josiah A. Spaulding, Jr., President and CEO of the Boch Center. "Not only does ArtWeek provide hundreds of free and affordable creative events, it also spotlights the rich cultural community that exists across Massachusetts. We hope everyone will come out to participate in one—or more—of the many terrific ArtWeek events!"

ArtWeek To Launch Statewide Creative Festival With More Than 500 Events From April 27 – May 6
ArtWeek To Launch Statewide Creative Festival
With More Than 500 Events From April 27 – May 6

The 2018 festival offers something for everyone, including a number of family friendly events. Participants can dine like Ernest Hemingway in South Yarmouth, take a lighthouse photography workshop in North Truro, view projections of local immigrants at Boston #StandsWithImmigrants, walk across the low wire with Circus Smirkus in Newton, attend a musical workshop with the United States Air Force Jazz Band in Franklin, enroll the kids in a wizard workshop in Worcester, create a cardboard sculpture in Lincoln, take a tour of public art in Salem, go behind the scenes to watch HGTV's Deek Diedricksen build a playhouse in Brockton, stage a living tableau in Plymouth, make a backyard bee house and participate in a conversation on sustainability in Williamstown, design your own instrument from recyclable materials in Greenfield and so much more.

ArtWeek is an annual 10-day innovative festival featuring hundreds of unique and creative experiences that are hands-on, offering new ways to experience art and culture. ArtWeek was born in Boston in 2013 and recently expanded its footprint across the Commonwealth. This year, Mass Cultural Council and the Massachusetts Office of Travel & Tourism have joined ArtWeek as Lead Champions in this unique opportunity to shine a spotlight on the state's creative economy. ArtWeek has also secured a network of more than 70 statewide, regional and local collaborators and over a dozen media partners to help promote the upcoming festival.

"It has been exciting to watch ArtWeek grow over the past few years," said Blake Jordan, Executive Director, Highland Street Foundation. "With more than 500 unique opportunities, ArtWeek truly allows everyone to participate in the arts, which is part of our core mission."

For more information, visit

FHS boys lacrosse tops North Attleboro 11-2

Via HockomockSports we share the results of the FHS spring sports action on Friday, April 6, 2018.

Boys Lacrosse = North Attleboro, 2 @ Franklin, 11 – Final
– Franklin pitched a second-half shutout to pull away from visiting North Attleboro. The Panthers led 5-2 at halftime but went on to score six unanswered in the second half to earn the win. Senior Eric Civetti scored a team-high five goals along with two assists, freshman Matt Lazzaro scored twice and had two helpers and Jake Davis chipped in with two assists. Senior goalie Connor O’Rourke made seven saves in the win.

Girls Lacrosse = North Attleboro @ Franklin – Postponed to a date and time to be announced.

For other results around the Hockomock League

FHS Panthers
FHS Panthers

In the News: Ben's books return to display; Smith family appear in "Little Mermaid, Jr"

From the Milford Daily News, articles of interest for Franklin:
"Sometime in 1782 or early 1783, Benjamin Franklin received a curious request from “a new town in the state of Massachusetts” that “having done me the honor of naming itself after me, and preparing to build a steeple to their meeting house,” asked if the statesman would give them a bell. 
But, being a practical man, the 77-year-old Ben Franklin “advis’d the sparing themselves the expense of a steeple” and suggested “books instead of a bell, sense being preferable to sound.” He explained as much in a March 18, 1783 letter to his friend Dr. Richard Price, directing him to collect a list of “a few good books to the value of about 25 pounds” - including Price’s own works - to be delivered to the town. 
Fast forward about 235 years to this Sunday, April 8, when the Franklin Public Library will unveil a new display of those books - the volumes that inspired creation of what is thought to be the nation’s first public library. The exhibit is one of the new features in the newly renovated reading room in the old part of the library building at 118 Main St. 
“This will be the first time the full collection of books will be on a 360-degree display,” noted Deputy Town Administrator Jaimie Hellen in an email about the event, which takes place from noon to 2 p.m.
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The Ben Franklin books are back at the Franklin Library - April 8
The Ben Franklin books are back at the Franklin Library - April 8

"It’s all in the family when the curtain rises on “Little Mermaid, Jr.” April 6 at Bellingham’s Marketplace Theatre. 
Franklin High sophomore, Rosalyn Smith, leads the company, starring as love-struck mermaid Ariel, who pines to leave her home fathoms below and join Prince Eric and become part of his world above the sea. Supporting her in her quest is fishy side-kick (and real life younger brother), Noah Smith, who portrays Flounder. Noah is a 8th grader at Horace Mann Middle School. 
Not to be forgotten is another member of the Smith family, little sister Delaney, a 4th grader at Oak Street Elementary School, who plays swashbuckling Grimsby, part of Prince Eric’s loyal crew. 
In addition to the contributions of the Smith family, there are also 20 more young actors from Franklin -- including Andrew Falanga as Chef Louis, Caitlin Hickey and Mackenzie Atwood as Mersisters -- and from surrounding communities, including Medway, Bellingham, Holliston, Framingham and towns in Rhode Island."

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MBTA Reminder: Starting Saturday: Franklin Line shuttle weekends

Weekend train service on the Franklin Line will be replaced by ADA accessible shuttle buses, making all regularly scheduled stops, between Forge Park/495 and Readville stations from April 7th through May 27th during the installation of PTC.

The MBTA will install federally mandated Positive Train Control (PTC) systems along the Franklin Line to improve safety by reducing train collisions and derailments. This work will require weekend shutdowns on the line between Forge Park/495 and Readville, where passengers will connect to train service.

Shuttle buses will be free and passengers will pay for train service from Readville to Boston.

Last updated: Apr 06 2018 09:31 AM

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Head's Up: Weekend Train Service Via Shuttle buses Apr 7 - May 27
Head's Up: Weekend Train Service Via Shuttle buses Apr 7 - May 27

Friday, April 6, 2018

Upcoming Events in Franklin, MA: FRI 4/6/18 - THU 4/12/18

FRIDAY 4/6/18
10am-12pm   Knitting Group @ Franklin Public Library
10am   Presidential Series: Theodore Roosevelt @ Senior Center
1-3pm   Open House (new families) @ ECDC Pre-school
5:30pm   Heart with Hope Restorative Yoga (for parents and loved ones of those suffering from addiction) @ Sacred Tree Yoga, Norfolk
7pm   Culinary Cabaret @ The Black Box
7pm   FHS Musical: Addams Family @ FHS
7pm   Yoga for Recovery @ Sacred Tree Yoga, Norfolk
7:30pm   Livingston Taylor Concert @ Original Congregational Church, Wrentham

All Day   Franklin MBTA Line: shuttle buses during weekend Forge Park - Readville
9:30am   Family Yoga Adventure @ Franklin Public Library
10am-1pm   Franklin Historical Museum Open
10:30am   Baby Sensory @ Franklin Public Library
12pm   Teen Book Brunch @ Franklin Public Library
1pm   Strive Ninja Fitness Grand Opening (online registration required) @ Strive Ninja Fitness, Kenwood Circle
4-6:30pm   Relay for Life 9Round Workout Fundraiser @ 9Round
4-7pm   Beer Extravaganza: Spring Fling @ Pour Richard's
6-9pm   Tri-County RVTHS 40 Year Celebration and Benefit @ Tri-County RVTHS
7-10pm   Franklin Youth Lacrosse Fundraiser - Backyard Swagger @ Cole’s Tavern
7pm   FHS Musical: Addams Family @ FHS
8pm   Circle of Friends Coffeehouse: Gretchen Peters @ FUSF

SUNDAY 4/8/18
All Day   Franklin MBTA Line: shuttle buses during weekend Forge Park - Readville
12pm   Black Box Jazz: Kenny Hadley Big Band @ The Black Box
12-2pm  Unveiling Benjamin Franklin's Books - The Franklin Public Library
1-4pm   Franklin Historical Museum Open
1:15pm   Joe Landry: Franklin’s Schools @ Historical Museum
2pm   Chess Group @ Franklin Public Library
3pm   LiveARTS: Keisuke Weikuko @ FUSF

MONDAY 4/9/18
10:30am   Move Along @ Franklin Public Library
11am   Toddler Playgroup @ Franklin Public Library
3pm   Monday Crafternoons @ Franklin Public Library

TUESDAY 4/10/18
10:30am   Get Ready For Kindergarten @ Franklin Public Library
11:15am   Toddler Playgroup @ Franklin Public Library
1pm   Low Vision Support Group @ Senior Center
7pm   FHS Jazz Concert @ FHS
7pm   School Committee Meeting @ Municipal Building
7:30pm   Franklin and Bellingham Rail Trail Committee Monthly Meeting (public welcome) @ Franklin YMCA

10:30am   Terrific Toddlers @ Franklin Public Library
11am   Toddler Playgroup @ Franklin Public Library
11:15am   Balance Class @ Senior Center
4pm   Construction Junction @ Franklin Public Library
5:30pm   Mug Meals for Teens @ Franklin Public Library
6:30pm   Christian Zen Weekly Meditation @ McMahon Guest House (1061 Upper Union Street)
6:30pm   Teen Advisory Board @ Franklin Public Library
7pm   Town Council Meeting @ Municipal Building
7:30pm   Franklin Newcomers and Friends Club Meeting @ 3 Restaurant
7:30pm   Let’s Laugh Today - Laughter Yoga @ FUSF

THURSDAY 4/12/18
9am   5th Grade Concert @ Kennedy School
9:30am   Baby Tummy Time @ Franklin Public Library
10:30am   Story and Craft @ Franklin Public Library
11:15am   Toddler Playgroup @ Franklin Public Library
3:30pm   Discovery Workshop - Eric Carle’s Art @ Franklin Public Library
7pm   Healing Hearts Community Support Group @ Franklin YMCA

For the Town of Franklin Public Calendar click HERE.

For all other events and Franklin happenings click HERE.

*To submit an event for the Community Calendar, please use this FORM

The Ben Franklin books are back at the Franklin Library - April 8

Please join us for the unveiling of the books Benjamin Franklin gifted to the Town of Franklin in 1786 in a new exhibit in the historic Reading Gallery

Date: Sunday, April 8, 2018
Time: 12 Noon – 2:00 PM
Location: The Franklin Public Library (Please enter the Main St Entrance Only)


1. Welcome 

  • Judith Pond Pfeffer, Chair, Franklin Public Library Building Committee
  • Monique Doyle, Chair, Library Board of Directors
  • Scott Nolan, Franklin Library Association
  • Joe Mullen, Friends of the Franklin Library
  • Felicia Oti, Director, Franklin Public Library

2. Brief History of Ben’s Books 

  • Mary Olsen, Chair, Franklin Historical Commission and Nancy Rappa, Franklin Library Association

3. Unveiling of the Books

4. 1:00 PM -- Tour  
Murals and Archive Room by Nancy Rappa (Meet in Memorial Hall)

5. Light Refreshments – All

The Ben Franklin books are back at the Franklin Library - April 8
The Ben Franklin books are back at the Franklin Library - April 8

FHS boys tennis sweeps Milford

Via HockomockSports we share the results of the FHS spring sports action on Thursday, April 5, 2018.

Boys Tennis = Franklin, 5 @ Milford, 0 – Final
– Franklin opened its 2018 campaign with a sweep on the road at Milford, with both of its doubles teams winning without dropping a game. Tyler DiPalma and Derek Wu swept at first singles (6-0, 6-0) while the team of Tony Calderone and Dan Angermeier won at second doubles. In singles, Rohan Herur won 6-1, 6-1 at first singles, Liam Marr took a 6-2, 6-2 decision at second singles, and Saketh Saripalli won 6-1, 6-1 at third singles.

Girls Tennis = Milford, 3 @ Franklin, 2 – Final

For other results around the Hockomock League

FHS Panthers
FHS Panthers

FSPA Ensembles To Perform At Walt Disney World

Thirty-nine local students from the Franklin School for the Performing Arts (FSPA) will travel to Walt Disney World during the April school break to perform for Disney audiences and to take master classes with Disney performers, choreographers, and directors. This is FSPA’s 23rd year of Disney performances as part of the Disney Performing Arts program.

FSPA musical theater troupes Broadway Ladies, Broadway Light, and Broadway Bound, as well as FSPA’s senior dance company, CenterStage, will entertain at the Disney Springs Marketplace Stage. Show times on Sunday evening, April 15, are 6:00 (CenterStage), 7:30 (Broadway Bound), 9:00 (Broadway Ladies), and 10:30 (Broadway Light). On Monday night, April 16, performances are at 5:15 (CenterStage), 6:45 (Broadway Bound), 8:15 (Broadway Ladies), and 9:45 (Broadway Light). The FSPA students also will participate in Disney’s Broadway Magic, Disney Dancin’ Jazz Technique, and Acting 101 workshops with Disney performers, directors, and choreographers.
Franklin School for the Performing Arts (FSPA)
Franklin School for the
Performing Arts (FSPA)

FSPA performing troupe and dance company members are selected by audition at the beginning of each academic year. The Disney-bound FSPA students are Brian Barrett of Foxboro; Caroline Mack of Framingham; Jason Barney, Lily Barney, Julia Buccella, Hayley Driscoll, Mia Fleischer, Anna Grasso, Collin Hancock, Kelly Irwin, Sydney Leach, Kelly McCormick, Emma Nicholson, Michaela Olah, Hannah Rezendes, Maddie Rezendes, Emily Reilly, Deanna Rivera, Sarah Schiavo, Abby Settle, Caitlin Woodcock, Amanda Wylie, Lindsey Wyner, and Delaney Zolnowski of Franklin; Abby Roth of Holliston; Caroline Merten of Hopedale; Cassidy Baratta and Kelsey Breslin of Hopkinton; Sam Evans of Medfield; Ally Lynch of Medway; Nick Steiner of Millis; Juliette Welter of North Attleboro; Naomi Fitzgerald, Samantha Goldman, Mairead Nee, Caroline Wilkins, and Griffin Wilkins of Walpole; and Madeleine Cron and Susuana Wickstrom of Wrentham.

The musical theater ensembles will be accompanied by FSPA Director Raye Lynn Mercer on piano, FSPA faculty member Kenny Hadley on drums, and bassist Mark Poniatowski and guitarist Mark White, both of the Berklee College of Music. Hallie Wetzell is Vocal Director for the FSPA musical theater troupes. Ensemble choreographers are Kellie Stamp, Casey Harkness Andrade, Cheryl Madeux, Nick Paone, Amanda Dubois, and Raye Lynn Mercer.

Founded in 1985 by Raye Lynn Mercer, the Franklin School for the Performing Arts offers year-round music, dance, and drama programs for students of all ages and ability levels. FSPA serves more than 500 students annually from 40 communities in the MetroWest region. For more information about FSPA, including catalogue, class schedule, or summer brochure, call (508) 528-8668 or visit

In the News: MA Senate leadership change July 23

From the Milford Daily News, an article of interest for Franklin:

"State Sen. Karen Spilka will begin her tenure as Massachusetts Senate president July 23. 
The date was released Thursday in a joint statement from Spilka, D-Ashland, and current Senate President Harriette Chandler, D-Worcester. 
“We have both shared a strong belief that our guiding priority must be to ensure stability in the Massachusetts Senate,” the statement reads. “Each of us also believes that a smooth, orderly transition between each of our tenures as Senate President is the only way to ensure the Senate’s uninterrupted work on behalf of the men, women and children of this Commonwealth.” 
Chandler temporarily took over leadership when former President Stanley Rosenberg stepped down in early December, amid an ethics investigation. She said she wasn’t interested in the job long term."

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Strive Ninja Fitness - Grand Opening - April 7

April 7 Grand Opening Event Features 
2017 Top Female American Ninja Warrior 
Contestant and Massachusetts Teacher, Allyssa Beird

On April 7, thanks to local Dad, Tim Keenan, Franklin will be getting their very own Ninja Warrior fitness gym with the grand opening of Strive Ninja Fitness on Kenwood Drive. 2017 top female American Ninja Warrior contestant and Massachusetts teacher, Allyssa Beird will be on hand to provide inspiration and coaching to the many future Ninja Warrior hopefuls that will be in attendance. 

Tim, father of two junior Ninja Warrior competitors has been traveling quite a distance to provide this unique sport for his children. "I'm very excited to bring this extremely positive and supportive sport to this community," said Tim. "Strive Ninja Fitness hopes to provide an environment where kids (and adults) of all ages and abilities can grow their strength, agility, balance, coordination and most importantly, their confidence."

Classes and open gym training times are available for both kids and adults. Kids classes are offered in 8-week sessions. Each class session is followed by an end-of-class competition where students will have a chance to run through a course that highlights the skills they learned. Obstacles and focus areas vary from week to week including, but not limited to: quad steps, swinging rings, ring toss, cannonballs, monkey bars, various balance obstacles, cargo net, rope climb, cliffhanger and the ever-famous warped wall! For more information on classes and to sign up online, please visit:

Strive Ninja Fitness - Grand Opening - April 7
Strive Ninja Fitness - Grand Opening - April 7

Alexander, Civetti - "Players to Watch" and HockomockSports Preview for FHS Boys Lacrosse

HockomockSports has published the boys lacrosse "Players to Watch" and the team preview for the Hockomock League. We share the FHS items here and provide links for the full listing at HockomockSports

He may not score many goals or rack up many assists, but Franklin junior FOGO Jacob Alexander can dominate games and the reigning Underclassman of the Year has even been inserted in the MVP conversation for the edge he gives the Panthers at the face-off ‘X’. Alexander won 330-of-387 draws that he took last year, which is a remarkable 85 percent success rate. That means countless extra possessions for the potent Franklin attack and one of the reasons for Franklin winning a fifth straight league title. While not the biggest FOGO in the state, the Bryant University-commit uses his speed and technique to give Franklin a giant edge every game.

Reigning Player of the Year and league MVP Eric Civetti returns for his senior season to once again lead the attack for Franklin, which is setting its sights on a sixth straight Kelley-Rex division title and a deep tournament run. As a junior, Civetti led the league in points for the second straight season with 79 goals and 21 assists. He had 20 more goals than the second-best player in the league. He has already compiled 280 points in three years on varsity. The Rutgers University-commit has the combination of strength to battle along the crease, a powerful shot from distance, and the vision to get his teammates involved in the attack. He has also shown the ability to score against the top teams, as his four goals against Xaverian in the tournament showed.

For the other "Players to Watch" around the Hockomock League

2017 Record: 16-5
2017 Finish: Reached D1 South First Round
Coach: Lou Verrochi

"Expectations are high for the 2018 season based on the talent the Franklin Panthers boast this year. 
“We return a very good team,” said FHS head coach Lou Verrochi. “We have a very good and deep bench too, we’re looking forward to the season.” 
The long list of returning talent starts with All-American and 2017 Player of the Year Eric Civetti. Civetti (Rutgers commit) has been tormenting opposing defenses since his freshman year. He scored 70 goals and notched 24 assists as a sophomore, and then netted 79 goals and 21 assists last year, totaling 194 points between the two years. The Panthers will also boast senior Zach Alexander and freshman Matt Lazzaro on attack. 
The midfield will be loaded with two talented lines available. Captains Kyle McEniry (10 goals, 21 assists) and Chase Tanner (29 goals, 10 assists) will be joined by the speedy Nitin Chaudhury (24 goals, 10 assists) on the Panthers first unit while Jake Davis, Johnny O’Glishen, and Owen Palmieri give Verrochi an incredibly talented second unit. 
As if the midfield wasn’t loaded enough, the Panthers have 2017 Underclassman of the Year Jacob Alexander back to dominate the faceoff X. Alexander, who is committed to play at Bryant University, has dominated at the X for the past two years and really gives the Panthers an advantage in terms of getting possession. “He’s arguably the best FOGO in Mass,” Verrochi noted. 
The defense will be anchored by junior Patrick Morrison (Rutgers commit) along with Trevor Raffin, Jack McGrath and Spencer Briggs. Sean Lazzaro will be our top LSM while the Panthers have plenty of talent as SSDM with Will Harvey, Ben Kolb, and Aaron Mollo in the mix. Backstopping the team in goal will be Colorado commit and captain Connor O’Rourke (169 saves, 64% save percentage)."
For the preview of the other schools around the Hockomock League

FHS Panthers
FHS Panthers

Thursday, April 5, 2018

"fixing the company’s problems will take years"

From the Milford Daily News, an article of interest for Franklin:

"Facebook revealed Wednesday that tens of millions more people might have been exposed in the Cambridge Analytica privacy scandal than previously thought and said it will restrict the user data that outsiders can access. 
Those developments came as congressional officials said CEO Mark Zuckerberg will testify next week, while Facebook unveiled a new privacy policy that aims to explain the data it gathers on users more clearly — but doesn’t actually change what it collects and shares. 
In a call with reporters Wednesday, Zuckerberg acknowledged he made a “huge mistake” in failing to take a broad enough view of what Facebook’s responsibility is in the world. He said it isn’t enough for Facebook to believe app developers when they say they follow the rules. He says Facebook has to ensure they do. 
Facebook is facing its worst privacy scandal in years following allegations that Cambridge Analytica, a Trump-affiliated data mining firm, used ill-gotten data from millions of users through an app to try to influence elections."

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Kenny Hadley Big Band - Apr 8 at THE BLACK BOX

THE BLACK BOX, downtown Franklin’s theater, music, and event venue, presents a Big Band Brunch with the renowned Kenny Hadley Big Band this Sunday, April 8. Brunch begins at 11:30 AM, with music beginning at noon. The critically acclaimed 16-piece ensemble, led by drummer Kenny Hadley, boasts masterful musicians with performance ties to Big Band legends Woody Herman, Count Basie, Stan Kenton, Maynard Ferguson, Buddy Rich and more. 

Hadley was 14 when he first heard Buddy Rich’s band play live. He caught Duke Ellington at The Boston Globe Jazz Festival and saw Basie, Kenton and Ferguson, among the greats, at the tail end of that era. Forming his own band at 23, Hadley has grown that ensemble to showcase a distinguished rotation of some 45 or 50 players. Now more than 30 years later, the Kenny Hadley Big Band continues to wow audiences and keep the Big Band tradition alive.

Tickets are $20 for the show alone; combination tickets for brunch and music are $45. THE BLACK BOX, home of the Franklin Performing Arts Company (FPAC), is located at 15 West Central Street in downtown Franklin. 

For tickets and more information, visit or call (508) 528-3370. Dean Bank is the event sponsor.

Big Band Brunch: Kenny Hadley Big Band - Apr 8
Big Band Brunch: Kenny Hadley Big Band - Apr 8

FHS boys and girls lacrosse teams top Milford

Via HockomockSports we share the results of the FHS spring sports action on Wednesday, April 4, 2018.

Boys Lacrosse = Franklin, 17 @ Milford, 1 – Final

Girls Lacrosse = Milford, 1 @ Franklin, 20 – Final
– Sophomore Erin Walsh recorded five points, one of 13 Panthers to score in Franklin’s first win of the season. Walsh had three goals and two assists while Mairead Goguen had two goals and two assists. Victoria Quinn and Katie Jones each scored twice with one assist apiece.

For other results around the Hockomock League

FHS Panthers
FHS Panthers

Franklin Food Pantry: What a difference a day makes


Spring 2018

Relieving hunger. Nourishing lives.

Dear Friends,

Think about the number of times a month you go to the grocery store. What if you were allowed to shop for food only once a month? Imagine some of the challenges:
  • The physical burden of lugging home enough food for a month
  • The notion of planning an entire month's worth of meals 
  • The worry that you won't have enough food to last 30 days
  • The fear you will run out of an essential item like toilet paper
And then you had to walk home with your groceries, or rely on public transportation or a friend. And you are worried that your family would go hungry before your next monthly shopping trip.

Since even before I came to the Pantry 6 years ago, our practice has been to limit our clients to one full shopping trip per month. Even though they can come every day for bread and produce, they have only monthly access to critical items such as chicken and beef, eggs, milk, cheese, toilet paper, laundry detergent and personal care items.

As clients revealed their families did not have enough to eat; as they told us they could not afford to pay for basic needs like rent, medicine and utilities; and as they struggled with having too much to carry on these once-per-month shopping visits, we realized we needed to do more to impact their level of hunger. And, we had the capacity to help.
Client Services Volunteers Jerry Rinker, Anne Adams and Wheeler Smith prepare to welcome clients on Walk-in Fridays. The additional shopping days have helped clients better cope with their struggle with hunger.

In November, we launched "Walk-in Fridays," to ensure that our clients have access to enough nutritious food and personal essentials for the entire month. No appointment necessary. Clients can now make more frequent trips, taking only what they need and what they are able to carry. If they run out of something, or forget an essential item, they know they can come back in a week to pick it up. Here's what some of our clients are saying:

"It is a huge blessing. It helps so much to be able to have more ability to put gas in [the] car and buy any other items my children and I need."

"Thank you so much for providing this food. It makes an amazing difference. We are able to have food throughout [the] whole month. End of months were very hard."

"Having only one good arm, [I] don't have to carry so much once a month. Much more convenient."

We are working towards ending hunger in our community one day at a time, one Friday at a time. Walk-in Fridays were made possible because of the donations of our many retail partners and the generosity of our community. We, and our clients, are truly grateful.

What a difference a day makes.



Making an Impact

Carts for Clients - The Hockomock Area YMCA has awarded a grant to the Pantry to purchase ten portable shopping carts for clients who need a little extra help in transporting their groceries. Carrying many bags of groceries is a problem for our clients who are disabled or elderly, and for those who walk to the Pantry because they have no transportation. The grant was made possible through funding that the YMCA received from the Stop and Shop Our Family Foundation. Clients who are awarded the shopping carts will keep them for their own use to ease the burden in bringing food into their home.

Backpacks for Kids - When schools close their doors on Friday afternoons, some children go home to empty cupboards, especially those who depend on the federal free and reduced-meal program their school offers. With no access to the school-provided breakfast and lunch on weekends, these kids are at risk for hunger. The Pantry is working with Parmenter Elementary School to provide food on the weekends for children who might otherwise go hungry. Through a grant from the Hockomock Area YMCA, Parmenter gives backpacks to 25 children in need on each Friday. By utilizing our partnership with the Greater Boston Food Bank, we are able to supply food for the backpacks. The pilot program at Parmenter has been very well-received, and we look forward to working with parents and administrators to expand the program to other schools as needed. This collaborative community effort helps ensure more kids will be less hungry on the weekends.

Franklin Food Pantry 

Our facility is generously donated by Rockland Trust.
We are located at 43 West Central Street, Franklin MA,
on Route 140 in the Rockland Trust parking lot, 
across the street from the fire station.

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