Saturday, March 9, 2019

Erin says goodbye to the Franklin Food Pantry

Catching up to sharing this. I missed doing it before as I was away. I was fortunate to have led the Food Pantry Board when we hired Erin and it clearly turned out to have been a good move. Thank you Erin for all you have accomplished.

Steve Sherlock

Erin says goodbye to the Franklin Food Pantry
 Special Announcement

February 21, 2019

 Farewell to Erin

No one in our community has been a stronger advocate for those facing hunger than Erin Lynch. Her passion and energy has fueled the mission of the Pantry for 7 years. As Executive Director, she has spearheaded innovative programs and services beyond the imaginations of many. She helped change the lives of many more.

It is with heartfelt gratitude that we say farewell to Erin. The impact she has made during her tenure at the Pantry is unparalleled. 
Erin says goodbye
Erin Lynch
"After seven incredibly rewarding years with the Franklin Food Pantry, I have recently made the decision to begin a new chapter," said Erin. "It has been an honor to work with this amazing team and generous community, and I look forward to continuing the many wonderful friendships that I have made here throughout the years," said Erin.

According to Jeff Ellis, Chairperson of the Board of Directors, "We are so grateful to Erin for all she has done for the Pantry, and are extremely saddened by her departure. Her vision, dedication and hard work helped move the Pantry to new heights, and she will be greatly missed. We feel lucky that Erin built such a great team  that will continue the mission of the Pantry. We wish her nothing but the best in her future endeavors."

Amy Cataldo, the Pantry's Assistant Director, has agreed to serve as Interim Executive Director during the transition. "We are fortunate to have on staff someone with the leadership skills, qualifications and experience who can step right in to guide the Pantry during this time. Amy has been a part of the Administrative team for several years and is extremely knowledgeable about the Pantry, its operations and its mission. We greatly appreciate her support and commitment to continuing the vital work of the Pantry during this interim period."

About Amy

Amy has been a part of the Pantry family since 2014, serving as a volunteer before she joined the staff in 2016 as Special Projects Coordinator. She was responsible for launching the Food and Fund Drive Tool Kit which streamlined the Pantry's food drive process. Amy has also served as the Project Manager for the Pantry's signature fundraiser, the Empty Bowls Dinner, which is now entering its 4th year. Among her many accomplishments was the research and  implementation of a volunteer management software program, as well as the Pantry's first strategic review that resulted in operational improvements for the Pantry.

Last year Amy was promoted to Assistant Director and served as a key member of the strategic team working closely with Erin in providing leadership and management to the organization. She was responsible for senior level project management and infrastructure improvements that ensured smooth daily workflow for the administrative and program staff. She handled volunteer recruitment and management, as well as direct responsibility for managing Client Services.

Amy is pictured with long-time volunteer Donna O'Neill, Client Services Trainer
Amy is pictured with long-time volunteer Donna O'Neill, Client Services Trainer.
"I look forward to this expanded role to help the Pantry in any way I can," says Amy. "I am lucky to be surrounded by a staff and group of volunteers who are committed to meeting the needs of our community members who count on us. I am excited to continue fostering the incredible relationships with donors and other supporters who were engaged by Erin."

Amy encourages anyone with questions to reach out to her at

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.

Rockland Trust 
Franklin Food Pantry, 43 West Central Street, PO Box 116, Franklin, MA 02038

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