Saturday, December 4, 2021

Season of giving. Season of gratitude

Holidays 2021
Tina's Take
Season of Gratitude

In this season of giving and gratitude, as I wrap up my first year as Executive Director, I know I have a lot for which to be grateful. I am so thankful for the many ways the Franklin community supports our mission – through giving, volunteering, organizing drives, attending events and sharing our message. I am grateful to our volunteers who stood out in all types of weather, stocked our shelves, loaded our distribution bags, harvested our gardens, served on committees, and cared for our neighbors. I'm appreciative of our donors who included the Pantry in their charitable spending and committed to making monthly donations. I'm deeply indebted to our staff for working tirelessly and being flexible as we opened our first ever hybrid distribution model. I'm grateful to our neighbors for their spirit, perseverance, and bravery. I am thankful for my family who supported me as I moved from a Board member to an Executive Director and continue to learn and grow so that I can serve our community. Finally, I'm grateful to YOU for your generosity, your heart, and your commitment to help end food insecurity.
I hope you can rest, reflect, and celebrate this holiday season with the traditions that are meaningful to you! I'm looking forward to a happy new year, where together, we will work to feed our neighbors and give everyone a brighter new year!

Tina Powderly, Executive Director
Holiday Distribution
On November 17, we distributed over two hundred Thanksgiving meal bags to our neighbors. This year, we were able to give our neighbors the opportunity to choose their main course with a gift card to Stop and Shop. We also provided side dishes, a bag of coffee, fresh rolls, an apple pie and a bag of fun holiday supplies! Thank you to our sponsors who help make these meals happen.
We look forward to our annual holiday Ham distribution on Monday, December 20. Please note that traffic may be heavy between 1:30 and 2:30 as we move our neighbors through the line. We appreciate your patience as we work to make the holidays happy for our community. Thank you!  
10th Annual Turkey Trot!
Our 10th annual Turkey Trot was an enormous success. We had over 1000 people register to run or walk the 5K course. We would like to thank all our race sponsors and a very special thank you to our race directors: Krystal Whitmore and Erin Campbell and our sponsor coordinator: Kim Cooper.
Food Elves 2021
You better not cry! You better not pout! Our Food Elves are coming to town! Between December 1 and December 12, be on the lookout for a white envelope on your door (our signature purple envelopes got caught in the supply chain). Help support these wonderful Franklin area students as they raise funds to assist our neighbors all year round. Didn't have an elf visit your home? You can still support the cause by donating here.  
Food Donations 

We appreciate all the food donations we receive this time of year. Please deliver donations to our purple bin. We gently ask you to not donate during our curbside distribution hours (Tuesdays from 9:00 – 1:00 pm and 5:30 to 6:30 pm.) We also would like to remind you that the donation bin is locked on weekends and will be locked between December 23 and January 2.

Please check out our current needs list and our donation do's and don'ts before donating! And if you are interested in holding a large donation event, please fill out our online food and fund drive form. This helps us plan and ensure that our neighbors get the food they need! Thank you!  
Support us All Year

Looking for a way to support The Pantry all year long? Consider becoming a monthly donor.  By making a monthly commitment to the Pantry, you will make a long-term impact, help sustain our programs and reduce our administrative costs, so that more of your money goes right to our mission: fighting food insecurity in our community You can sign up here
Thank you for your continued support! This has been a challenging, yet fulfilling year as we continue to help our neighbors. We wish you a happy and healthy holiday season.  

Franklin Food Pantry | 43 WEST CENTRAL STREET, Franklin, MA 02038

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