Showing posts with label current needs. Show all posts
Showing posts with label current needs. Show all posts

Saturday, July 30, 2022

Franklin Food Pantry Releases Client Needs Assessment

Report Provides Overview of Food Insecurity in Franklin Community


The Franklin Food Pantry is proud to release its Client Needs Assessment, a comprehensive overview of food insecurity in the Franklin community with recommendations to address the crisis. In 2021 and early 2022, the Franklin Food Pantry reviewed expert literature on food insecurity, conducted research among its current neighbors, interviewed community partners and assessed third-party data sources. The report’s findings will drive programming and operational initiatives to reach more households experiencing food insecurity and related challenges.

The Franklin Food Pantry will focus on the following areas to better support its neighbors:

  • Community awareness
  • Nutrition
  • Community garden
  • Partnerships, programs and wrap around services
  • Youth programs
  • Transportation
  • Housing

“The biggest take-away of the Community Needs Assessment is that many more people in Franklin are food insecure than we see accessing our services. We have always assumed there are those in the community whom we haven’t reached, but it was difficult to confirm this assumption with only internal data,” said Tina Powderly, executive director for the Franklin Food Pantry. 

“The report shows that in Franklin, while there are 3,284 people who receive MassHealth, only 1,508 are enrolled in SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program). That translates to 549 to 755 households who could benefit from The Pantry but who do not currently shop with us. We want to reach those individuals and encourage them to visit us. As we support people in becoming more food secure, we must focus on moving out of their immediate anxiety so clients can think long term. We can do that with programming to help progress along a continuum toward stability.”

The report includes answers from a weekly question that staff asked current Pantry clients. The information gathered from the clients’ answers will influence future Pantry programming. To date, the Pantry has increased community garden beds, implemented client service office hours, provided free Covid-19 test kits, offered a hybrid distribution method, and launched a new mobile pantry site.  The Pantry continues to evaluate future programming based on feedback from its neighbors.

Franklin Food Pantry Releases Client Needs Assessment
Franklin Food Pantry Releases Client Needs Assessment

“This assessment shines a bright light on our neighbors’ struggles and what resources are available to help them,” continued Powderly. “Food insecurity is not just an individual problem. It is a community, state and national problem, and we all must work together to help lessen food insecurity. We are very grateful to our local partners for their participation in this critical research and for their collaboration and hard work addressing the issues outlined in the Community Needs Assessment.”

To read the entire report please visit our website. If you or someone you know needs additional help, please direct them to The Pantry. 

The Pantry is open on Tuesdays from 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM and 5:30 –6:30 PM for drive-up distribution (no appointment needed), and Thursday and Friday from 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM for appointment-only shopping. 

About the Franklin Food Pantry 

The Franklin Food Pantry offers supplemental food assistance and household necessities to almost 1,100 individuals per year. The Franklin Food Pantry is not funded by the Town of Franklin. As a private, nonprofit organization, we depend on donations from individuals, corporations, foundations and other strategic partners. We are grateful for our many partnerships, including that with the Greater Boston Food Bank, that allow us to achieve greater buying power and lower our costs.  

Donations and grants fund our food purchases, keep our lights on, and put gas in our food truck. Other programs include home delivery, Weekend Backpack Program for Franklin school children in need, mobile pantry, emergency food bags and holiday meal packages. The Pantry is located at 43 W. Central St. in Franklin on Route 140 across from the Franklin Fire Station. 

Visit for more information.  

Sunday, June 5, 2022

Check out the Franklin Food Pantry updated current needs list

"We have updated our current needs list! As you are doing your shopping this weekend, please consider picking up a few items to donate to The Pantry. One of our highest need items is individually wrapped rolls of toilet paper. 
Thank you for your support!"

Tuesday, March 30, 2021

Franklin Food Pantry - current needs list updated!

"Looking to donate food to The Pantry? We have updated our current needs list and included a list of items that we currently have too many of!

Take a look and thanks for your support!"

Franklin Food Pantry - current needs list updated!
Franklin Food Pantry - current needs list updated!

Sunday, March 29, 2020

FM #230 - Lynn Calling, Franklin Food Pantry - 3/25/20 (audio)

FM #230 = This is the Franklin Matters radio show, number 230 in the series.

This session of the radio show shares my conversation with Lynn Calling, the Executive Director of the Franklin Food Pantry. We did a conference all to adhere to the ‘social distance’ requirements of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Lynn discusses how we can help the Pantry and how the Pantry has been changing their operations due to the precautions of the pandemic and ‘social distancing’.

The conversation runs 15 minutes, so let’s listen to my conversation with Lynn.
Audio file -


Food Pantry home page

Donate directly

The current needs listing

For the record, I had an active relationship with the Pantry from 2010 to 2015 during which time I also lead the Board of Directors. I continue to support the Pantry with financial donations and by sharing what they do via the Franklin Matters social channels.

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FM #230 - Lynn Calling, Franklin Food Pantry - 3/25/20 (audio)
FM #230 - Lynn Calling, Franklin Food Pantry - 3/25/20 (audio)

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Real time Reporting: School Committee - 2/14/17

Present:  Scofield, Bergen, O'Malley, Schultz (late), Jewell
Absent: Douglas, Bilello

1. Routine Business
Citizen’s Comments
Review of Agenda
Minutes: I recommend approval of the minutes from the January 19 and January 24, 2017 School Committee Meetings.
Payment of Bills Dr. O’Malley
Payroll Mrs. Douglas
FHS Student Representatives
1. Nicolas Gnaman
2. Alexander Chitarra
Correspondence: Budget to Actual – Miriam Goodman

2. Guests/Presentations
a. Resources For Our Educational Vision

Sabolinski - The educational resources needed throughout the district to deliver a world class education.
This is what is needed for the students to be successful in the 21st Century

O'Malley - Budgets and schools are difficult, budgets and Franklin schools are even more difficult.

- the School Committee priorities
STEM materials - science framework
high school Chrome books
renovations at Davis Thayer, carpeting, painting
painting at Parmenter

would like to see your listing so the combination could make a powerful budget

counselors K-8
Professional Development at HS, particularly in differentiated learning
grant writing 
technology coordinator
strategic pan for the Schools
improve communications with the new tools

Friday, October 16, 2015

Franklin Food Pantry - Current Needs List

For those of you interested in organizing a Food and/or Fund Drive for the Franklin Food Pantry, visit our "You can help Us" page for more information. 
In addition to monetary donations, our current needs include the following:
  • Salad Dressing
  • Mayonnaise
  • Ground Coffee
  • Tea Bags
  • Canned Fruit
  • Canned Chili/Beef Stew
  • Deodorant
  • Hand Soap
  • Brownie/Cake Mix
updated October 2015

Food and non-food donations can be placed in the bin by the Food Pantry front door at 43 West Central St. Please be mindful of what you leave given the weather conditions. 
Financial contributions can be mailed to Franklin Food Pantry, PO Box 116, Franklin, MA  02038 or made securely through our webpage.  
donate securely here
donate securely here