The Franklin Food Pantry announces Food Elves 2021. This year the Franklin Food Elves “12 Days of Donating” Campaign marks 16 years of helping neighbors in need during the holiday season and beyond. Starting on December 1 and running through December 12, the neighborhood collection by local middle and high school students serves as the largest fundraiser for The Franklin Food Pantry. In 2020, the Food Elves collected over $80,000 and we are excited to see if they can beat that total.
The Elves collect monetary donations only for The Pantry. With dozens of food and fund drives underway, the Pantry is quickly filling up its small and limited warehouse. The Pantry uses monetary donations to purchase chicken, beef and other meats, dairy products, eggs, fresh vegetables and fruits at a deep discount from the Greater Boston Food Bank at a time when the need for those items is highest.
“Our community is very engaged at this time of year, collecting food for the Pantry and educating our community about food insecurity,” said Tina Powderly, Executive Director for the Franklin Food Pantry. “We are grateful for the incredible amount of food we receive. But, after the holidays, when end-of-year giving naturally subsides and food drives lessen, monetary donations help us through the lean months that follow. The Food Elves program is a wonderful way to engage our younger community members to create a lifelong commitment to service.”
“Our Food Elves are amazing students who are dedicated to giving back to the community. We appreciate their commitment and hard work as well as the tireless efforts of our district parents. Special thanks to Colleen Bond, Lisa Frankina, Deb Morandi, Denise Flynn Wright, Kathleen McGuigan and Kristen DeMayo.”
The Food Elves will distribute flyers and envelopes in their neighborhoods about their donation drive. The Elves have switched this year from their signature purple envelope to a standard white envelope, but personalized labels and flyers will direct community members about how to donate. Donations can be made in two ways: through a check donation that the Elves will pick up personally; or through each Elf’s own online personal campaign page. Each Elf set their own fundraising goal and will be able to keep track of how much they personally raise.
If an Elf doesn’t visit your neighborhood, you can donate to the general page here.
About the Franklin Food Pantry
The Franklin Food Pantry is not funded by the Town of Franklin. As a private, nonprofit organization, it depends on donations from individuals, corporations, foundations and other strategic partners. It is grateful for its 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 food purchases, keep the lights on, and put gas in the 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 www.franklinfoodpantry.org for more information.