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Wednesday, October 7, 2020

Franklin Food Pantry: Letter from Lynn Calling

Dear Pantry Friends

Happy Fall!  I hope that this message finds you and your loved ones feeling well, staying healthy, and enjoying new ways of doing some of the activities (some of which you will read about in this month's newsletter!) that we've always done during this time of the year.  Life looks different now, but it is becoming our new normal. I have heard so many people talk about how hard 2020 has been...  and it hasn't been easy - I agree!  But if I had to choose two words to describe 2020, I would use the words flexibility and kindness.  I have learned from so many of you - our dedicated staff members, volunteers, donors, neighbors, and partners.  

Flexibility.  The team at the Pantry has been incredibly flexible over the past few months.  When so many organizations, businesses, schools, and companies had to close their doors, we kept ours open.  We had to re-envision the Pantry - our "open doors" were open for us to leave the building and bring the Pantry outside and place food in our neighbor's car trunks, shopping carts, or drop at their front doors.  We had to ask our over 50 volunteers to stay home and stay safe, while our small Pantry staff flexed their schedules to best reach the needs of our neighbors.  That meant standing outside for 4-8 hours a couple of times a week safely welcoming people driving up to us and asking them to "please pop your trunk," and place a few bags of food in their cars.  Flexibility also meant creating 2 separate teams of people who would come into the Pantry and designated days to pack bags, make phone calls, deliver food to neighbors so that our staff could still operate in the event someone became ill.  It also meant juggling home and work life as we, like so many businesses, held team meetings from home while children were attending school in another room or while we may be caring for or checking in on an elderly neighbor.  This team has been nothing but flexible in reimagining the Pantry and making sure that we were still here to provide food for anyone who found themselves needing an extra hand.  

  That has been shown to the Pantry over and over - pre-Covid and, especially, over the last few months.  Through the kindness and generosity of our friends, we have been able to continue to operate and offer our neighbors fresh and healthy food throughout the pandemic and for the foreseeable future.  When we posted our current needs on our website, you answered our call immediately.  Your financial support has been appreciated as well.   While many of our retail partners struggled to keep products on their own shelves, our store donations decreased. We therefore had to purchase more food in order to ensure our neighbors continued receiving high quality, fresh produce, dairy and proteins. Our shelf stable bags contain items that would last a week or more while including hard to get items like toilet paper and paper towels. So many community members sewed masks and donated them to us so that our staff would be safe while working, and also shared enough to give to our neighbors as they drove through our lines.  There were numerous fundraisers held to raise money and spread awareness about the Food Pantry.  For those reasons, and so many more, we are grateful for your kindness and support.

In the midst of the Pandemic we were also able to purchase a new building to help bring our Pantry into the next phase of being able to better serve our neighbors. That purchase has prompted some people to ask, "If you can afford a building, why should I continue to give to the Pantry?" Because of the generosity of our community, we were able to put down a down payment and qualify for a mortgage. We will be announcing a capital campaign soon. In the meantime,  we ask for your support so that we can continue growing and serving our neighbors with dignity, respect, and pride.  

Our mission is to alleviate food insecurity and compassionately empower our community through resources and collaboration.  This mission can only be accomplished through the collective effort of our community.  It is because of your collective support that we have been able to save enough money to purchase our own space.  This new space will allow us to continue working towards our mission, while also focusing on our vision of building a community in which everyone in need has an improved quality of life through nutritious food and supportive resources.  We have always been, and always will be, so much more than a place where one can come for food. We are also a place where people come to check in and socialize, learn about other programs, or simply find a friendly face that will be welcome without judgement.  And it is because of your support that we will continue to serve the community, our neighbors, partners, and friends in a new space that belongs to every neighbor who walks through our doors.  

We cannot do it alone.  When you make a gift to the Pantry, you are making a difference today, as well as for the future of Franklin.  Every dollar donated helps the Pantry purchase fresh produce, household supplies, toiletries, grocery store gift cards, and so much more.  Your gift is also going to help us build a Pantry where everyone feels welcome.  Your generosity allows us to provide these basic necessities to our neighbors while also providing the validation that the whole community is behind them.  While we are doing the daily work at the Pantry, you are here with us each and every day.  No one is ever alone.   

So as we approach the final few months of 2020, we just want to say thank you. Thank you for your support over this challenging year and we look forward to what we can do in the future, together.

With Appreciation, 
Lynn Calling
Franklin Food Pantry: Letter from Lynn Calling
Franklin Food Pantry: Letter from Lynn Calling


Thursday, April 2, 2020

Franklin Neighbor Brigade Update

In these times of uncertainty we know one thing clearly, that love never has to be rationed or quarantined.  The truth is, we all need each other more than ever right now. We need each other in so many ways, both big and small. We need to rely and lean on one another and to be compassionate, understanding, and patient with one another. We need to focus on being there for one another in the best and safest way we can.
Please read on to see how you can help whether it be from your home or in the community.

Challenge for all Volunteers
Here is a FUN family project. Who's up for a Letter Writing Challenge! All you have to do is wash your hands and put your love on.  If we can't thank, visit a sick person or give gratitude in person, we can do it in a personal note. The list is endless on who you can send a note to.  Here are some ideas of people/neighbors we can offer hope, kindness and a smile to: 
  • a neighbor you have not seen or you know can use a positive note
  • those who are bereaved or supporting the bereaved
  • those who are anxious or feeling afraid
  • people alone and isolated
  • those working at risk jobs and essential workers
  • a teacher
  • the local food pantry
  • a medical professional
  • our fire and police
The challenge is to send two notes within two days to the people of your choice. One could be to say hello/thinking of you and another could be a thank-you/gratitude note.  We have 173 active volunteers.  Let's see if we can get at least half of our volunteers to participate.  If you accept the challenge please let us know by signing-up through the volunteer system.  Happy Writing!   

Important NEW Volunteer Requirements due to COVID-19
While we wait for our services to be called upon from location organizations such as senior center, food pantry, police, fire, and of course our neighbors in need please make sure you have met the NEW volunteer requirements.  They include reading the NB Handbook, Food Handler Training, COVID-19 Preparedness, and have a current CORI check on file. You can check to see if you met this criteria by logging into your account and clicking on Profile on the top right heading and selecting Qualifications.  It should look like the highlighted areas below.  If it doesn't then you will need to complete those tasks by clicking on the information button circled in red and following the instructions.  If you have any questions or need help accessing your account please feel free to reach out.

Franklin Neighbor Brigade Update
Franklin Neighbor Brigade Update

Community Opportunities
YMCA -  Growing demand for families in need of food is happening. Drop off box at YMCA is outside from 9am-6pm daily. Recommended following food items: oatmeal cups/packets, macaroni & cheese boxes/cups, granola bars (nut free whole grain preferred), applesauce or mandarin orange cups (no added sugar), whole grain crackers, tuna pouches in water (low sodium), Progresso chicken soup (low sodium), rice boxes/cups, Barilla Ready Pasta and pasta boxes.

Franklin Food Pantry needed wish list items can be ordered on Amazon using the following link

Tri Valley Meals on Wheels is in need of temporary volunteers to drive meals to residents in Franklin, Medway and Bellingham.  They have a volunteer sign up time from 11:00-12:30 Monday-Friday at the Grace Baptist church on Beaver street. You will need to bring your license and front page of your car insurance with line 5 highlighted. Any questions, call Gail Hamilton 508-520-1422.

Stay home when you can, find joy in the small moments and spread kindness when it's needed greatly!
Linda Gagnon and Cheryl Ferri
Franklin MA Neighbor Brigade Chapter Co-Leaders

Tuesday, November 5, 2019

"Reconstructing History and Genealogy: Mom's WWII Letters" - Nov 10

Join us for our next installment of our SECOND SUNDAY SPEAKER SERIES, Sunday November 10 = "Reconstructing History and Genealogy: Mom's WWII Letters"

The discovery of more than 100 letters and correspondence from WWII brought unexpected insights and connections for Corinne Smith.

In May 2017, she found her mother's stash of letters from 16 servicemen that she had corresponded with in 1944-1945. Most of the men were from her mother's hometown of Allentown, Pennsylvania, or from her college roommate's hometown of Trenton, New Jersey. Nearly all of the writers were now gone and could no longer offer information or explanations for what they had written. Corinne began to trace the soldiers' family trees with one goal in mind: to return the letters in person to their children. 

Learn about her on-going project, and hear some of the stories of the men, their experiences, and what their relatives have to say today. This presentation links history and genealogy to present-day research and diligence. It revisits a time that we may not want to forget. And it may prompt audience members to wonder for themselves what treasures may be lurking in their own old family boxes -- and how they can share the information with others.

This is a 90 minute presentation with slides. The museum opens at 1:00 and the presentation begins at 1:10. Admission is free. 

Please consider bringing a non-perishable food item for the Franklin Food Pantry. This event is sponsored by the Friends of the Franklin Historical Museum. Our gift shop is open and Franklin Common Gazebo ornaments are available while they last.

"Reconstructing History and Genealogy: Mom's WWII Letters" - Nov 10
"Reconstructing History and Genealogy: Mom's WWII Letters" - Nov 10

Saturday, May 27, 2017

Letter from Chief Lynch to the community of Franklin

I would like to take this opportunity to personally thank our community for all the support shown to the Franklin Police Department and the many agencies that worked with us over the last week and a half, as we searched for Michael Doherty. The loss of a young life is always tragic; I am humbled to be the Chief of Police in a community that rallied around not only the Doherty family, but the police officers and fire fighters who serve them.

I witnessed the best in what it means to be part of a community in the last week and a half. The response from individuals, businesses, and organizations within Franklin and the surrounding towns is beyond adequate description. As a search and rescue manager for almost twenty years, I have served other communities during a prolonged search operation, in all that time I have never seen the outpouring of support in food, water, and selflessness the way that I did here in Franklin.

The officers and searchers who came to assist Franklin last week commented that as they worked though neighborhoods there were signs of support, coolers of water, and offers to use restrooms in private residences. This truly exemplifies the fabric of our community and one that I am immensely proud to serve.

Letter from Chief Lynch to the community of Franklin
Letter from Chief Lynch
to the community of Franklin
On behalf of all the men and women of the Franklin Police Department, as well as the almost one hundred other agencies that came to our aid, I say thank you. The Town of Franklin is blessed to have such caring and generous residents and businesses, and I am proud to lead an organization that understands the value of being part of this community.


Thomas J. Lynch
Chief of Police

This was shared from the Town of Franklin page

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

15 Letters to the Editor

If this is any indication on the level of civic engagement in Franklin, then this election has been good to get so many involved. Let's all get out to cast our ballot.

VOTE YES: Barlow - Don’t miss the chance on FHS

VOTE YES: Hartnett - Yes to a new Franklin High School

Franklin, MA: Election Day