“We’re unsure what’s going to happen at the end of the month, when that extra money runs out,” Franklin Food Pantry’s Lynn Calling said, of federal benefits set to expire at the end of July. “That’s something a lot of pantries are talking about. .... We don’t know what it will look like. This is nothing we can plan for.”
Closing in on four months into statewide shutdowns driven by the global pandemic, the region’s food pantries are settling into a “new normal” of more clients, longer hours, and fewer volunteers.
“I hate to use that term (but) I think really it’s the only expression that’s accurate,” United Way of Tri-County President and CEO Paul Mina said. “I think during this time frame, people have come to trust that we’re going to be there when we say we’re going to be there, and there’s going to be food.”
The United Way of Tri-County oversees three pantries – Pearl Street Community Cupboard and Café in Framingham, Marlborough Community Cupboard, and WHEAT Community Cupboard and Café in Clinton."Continue reading the article online (subscription may be required)
You can donate directly to the Franklin Food Pantry via their secure online donation link. You can set up for a one time donation or recurring, from a bank account or a credit card. http://weblink.donorperfect.com/Donation2FoodPantry or go the the Food Pantry page and select "Donate" https://www.franklinfoodpantry.org/
Note: I was honored to lead the Board of Directors for the Food Pantry for several years and will be helping them with the capital campaign to fund the purchase and buildout of their new building on East Central St.
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