Friday, December 21, 2012

Food Elves Press Release


Food Elves Collect Over 2 Tons of Food

The Franklin Food Elves’ “12 Days of Donating” campaign exceeded expectations for the second year in a row, bringing in more than two tons of non-perishable goods and over $5,700 to benefit the Franklin Food Pantry. 

Working with the Franklin Downtown Partnership and local businesses, 50 Food Elves collected 4,223 pounds of goods. Eleven participating businesses each pledged $200 if the Elves met their goal. In addition, DCU donated $1,500, Berry Insurance donated $1,000, and numerous residents also wrote checks. 

According to Linda Sottile, operations director at the Food Pantry, the money donated will be used to purchase goods through the Greater Boston Food Bank, where every $50 translates into 118 meals. The combination of the dollar amount with the weight of goods donated translates into close to 17,000 meals for the families who currently use the pantry. 

“The community’s response has been overwhelming,” says Sottile. “In addition to the other contributions we’ve received this season we will definitely have the resources to help get us through March or April.” 

“Our need has increased this year and we worried how we were going to meet that need,” says Erin Lynch, the Food Pantry’s development director. “We are grateful to this community that really stepped up and gave this year.”

Co-founders of the Franklin Food Elves Melissa and Cameron Piana are more than thrilled with the results. “It is amazing the good that people can do when everyone works together for a common goal,” says Melissa. “We are so proud of our team of elves and for the generosity of the community.”  

“It is incredible what can be done in 12 days,” Cameron added. “Each year we have been able to double the food donations.”

Emma’s Quilt Cupboard customers donated six bins worth of goods, according to Cyndi Rich, Emma’s owner and FDP board member.  She was one of 11 business participants.

For more information about the Franklin Food Pantry, go to www.franklinfoodpantry.org, or call 508-528-3115. For more information about the Food Elves and the “12 Days of Donating” campaign, please contact the Franklin Downtown Partnership at downtown.frankin@yahoo.com, or go to www.frankindowntownpartnership.org.







Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Food Elves, Business Updates


Happy Holidays....
Get ready for a Great New Year!
 
FDP General Meeting
Thursday, January 3rd
8:30 am
Dean College, Campus Center-Golder Room
Agenda will be posted on website prior to meeting
 
FDP "After the Holiday" PARTY
Thursday, January 17th  Evening
More details to follow...you won't want to miss this one!
 
FOOD ELVES and "12 Days of Donating"
The Food Elves brought in 2 TONS of food donations
for the Food Pantry and $5,700.

A BIG THANK YOU TO All of you who participated...including...
*  Berry Insurance, 9 Main St.
*  Chestnut Dental Associates, 38 Pond St.
*  Dean Bank, 21 Main St.
*  Dean College, Campus Center
*  DCU, 500 West Central St.
*  East Coast Driving School, 25 East Central St.
*  Emma’s Quilt Cupboard, 12 Main St.
*  Franklin Downtown Partnership Office, 9 East Central St.
*  Jane’s Frames, 11 East Central St.
*  Murphy Business, 15 East Central St.
*  RE/MAX Executive Realty, 445 Franklin Village Dr.

Strategic Planning
We welcome input from all of our members as to what projects you would like us to focus in in 2013.  Please call (774-571-3109) or e-mail us at downtown.franklin@yahoo.com soon.

Event Coordinators Needed
If you would like to volunteer to be an Event Coordinator for one of the FDP events please contact the FDP office by January 4th.  We could really use your assistance.

Have a Happy Holiday .... and Healthy New Year!


Friday, December 14, 2012

Networking Reminder

Come enjoy some Holiday Cheer and support the "12 Days of Donating" campaign at Murphy Business this afternoon: 

Help for the Food Pantry...
Dessert for You!

Want to knock off early on Friday, December 14th?  We're wrapping up two weeks of collecting for the Franklin Food Pantry that day and will beserving up mini holiday treats from our famous Franklin neighbors The Cake Bar from 3 - 6pm.  Not into dessert?  Then come have a beer.  Just make sure you bring along a can of tuna.  No regrets necessary; just please advise if you're coming so we get enough cases of Schlitz.  Thanks!
  
 Chris
  
PS: You can visit The Cake Bar on Facebook to see just what sort of goodies they serve up...
  
Chris Bond
Murphy Business
15 East Central St.
Franklin, MA 02038
D: (508) 440-5670 
C: (508) 380-7997

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

'12 Days' Response Huge, Deadline Extended

A Big Thank You for all of your support on this year's "12 Days of Donating" campaign.

The Food Elves and FDP passed their goal and are now trying to set a New Goal of bringing in 2 TONS (over 4,000 poundsof Food for the Food Pantry.

We are only 310 pounds away...so please pass the word. The Food Elves are also trying to beat last year's money donation total and need just $300 more to meet this goal.

The "12 Days of Donating" is extended until this Saturday!

...so please send a reminder out to encourage everyone to drop off their donations at one of the following locations:  Franklin Downtown Partnership, Berry Insurance, Chestnut Dental, Dean Bank, Dean College, DCU, East Coast Driving School, Emma's Quilt Cupboard, Jane's Frames, Murphy Business, RE/MAX Executive Realty

Or have them drop off donations at the Food Pantry between 9-1 on Thursday or Friday and let them know it is for the Food Elves' "12 Days of Donating" campaign.

Together we are making a difference....

Franklin Downtown Partnership and the Franklin Food Elves...50 elves and counting...



Tuesday, December 11, 2012

3 Food Elves at Work

Three Food Elves collected goods from 88-110 Jefferson Road in Franklin this weekend. 

Stay tuned this week to find out how much the Elves collected in the 
"12 Days of Donating" 
campaign to benefit the Franklin Food Pantry.

Thank you each and every business and resident who donated to our cause! 


Friday, December 7, 2012

Networking Event on 12/14

Help for the Food Pantry...
Dessert for You!
Want to knock off early on Friday, December 14th?  We're wrapping up two weeks of collecting for the Franklin Food Pantry that day and will be serving up mini holiday treats from our famous Franklin neighbors The Cake Bar from 3 - 6pm.  Not into dessert?  Then come have a beer.  Just make sure you bring along a can of tuna.  No regrets necessary; just please advise if you're coming so we get enough cases of Schlitz.  Thanks!
  
 Chris
  
PS: You can visit The Cake Bar on Facebook to see just what sort of goodies they serve up...
  
Chris Bond
Murphy Business
15 East Central St.
Franklin, MA 02038
D: (508) 440-5670 C: (508) 380-7997




Thursday, December 6, 2012

Food Pantry Phone Number Correction

In the recent Food Elves press release the contact phone number for the Franklin Food Pantry was printed incorrectly. Please note that the Food Pantry phone number is 508-528-3115. 
Our apologies for any inconvenience this misprint has caused. 





Monday, December 3, 2012