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CLIENT STATISTICS FOR JUNE 2008
Distribution - Night (Third Thursday)
Regular clients 31
Total weight 2,529.0
Average per family 81.6
Distribution - Days (Monday - Friday)
Regular clients 69
More than one visit 0
Total weight 4,398.5
Average per family 63.1
USDA Distribution - Monthly
Total clients 100(H) 255(P)
Total weight 694.4
Senior Programs
Distribution - Days (Monday, Wednesday, Friday)
Senior clients 18
 More than one visit 0
Total weight 1,041.9
 Average per family 57.9
Distribution - Congregate
Crossroads & Medway 87
Center clients 421
Winter Street clients 10
Central Park Terrace clients 48
Total clients 566
Total weight 453.4
Distribution - Special Diet and Homebound
Meals-On-Wheels 0
Senior Outreach clients 0
Total clients 0
Total weight 0
Total of all programs
Weight In 9,597.8
Total clients for the month 939
Total weight for the month 9,117.2
Total new clients 7
Total new persons 18
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CLIENT STATISTICS FOR MAY 2008
Distribution - Night (Third Thursday)
Regular clients 22
Total weight 1,516.8
Average per family 69.0
Distribution - Days (Monday - Friday)
Regular clients 63
More than one visit 1
Total weight 4,151.6
Average per family 65.1
USDA Distribution - Monthly
Total clients 121(H) 287(P)
Total weight 877.2
Senior Programs
Distribution - Days (Monday, Wednesday, Friday)
Senior clients 21
More than one visit 0
Total weight 1,064.2
Average per family 50.7
Distribution - Congregate
Crossroads & Medway 99
Center clients 215
Winter Street clients 12
Central Park Terrace clients 53
Total clients 379
Total weight 0
Distribution - Special Diet and Homebound
Meals-On-Wheels 2
Senior Outreach clients 0
Total clients 2
Total weight 31.6
Total of all programs
Weight In 8,290.4
Total clients for the month 774
Total weight for the month 7,641.4
Total new clients 4
Total new persons 15

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FOOD PANTRY HELPS PET NEEDS


Diana Bardsley wiped tears from her eyes as she recalled taking food off her plate to feed her beloved spaniel Hunter and two Siamese cats.


 Her greatest fear: that she could be forced to surrender the animals as she struggled to stretch her food stamps and Social Security income to meet the escalating cost of living.

Some hope was restored after she visited a local food pantry, which has started offering free pet food to help owners keep their animals out of shelters.

"I know a lot of people will probably say, "Well, if you don't have enough money to be able to feed your animals, that you shouldn't have pets,' " said Bardsley, 53, of Franklin, Mass., as Hunter played in the living room with three of her grandchildren.

But, "Just because financially you may go downhill a little or a lot, doesn't necessarily mean you have to give up the part of your family that you love," she said.

For some pet owners, though, there is little choice.

The rising costs of fuel, food and housing -- and the rising tide of foreclosures -- have generated a surge in requests for pet food from traditional food pantries and prompted some pet owners to give up their animals. Others are trying to save money by forgoing veterinary care.

The Animal Welfare League in Chicago Ridge, Ill., has seen the average number of pet owners getting monthly rations from its pet food pantry increase by more than 50 percent since last year. Meanwhile, the number of people seeking service at its discounted veterinary clinic has more than doubled, said Linda Estrada, the group's director and president.

"We could do it every day if we had enough food, I mean, that's how bad it's gotten," Estrada said. "The line goes all the way down the street" as pet owners gather once a month for supplies.

In Santa Cruz, Calif., a pet food bank run by the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals has seen demand spike by about 20 percent just in the past six months. The facility typically hands out about 5,000 pounds of free pet food a month.

"In the past, the demographics has been people who are disabled or on disability and senior citizens," said executive director Lisa Carter. "Nowadays, during the pet food program, I see people who are able-bodied and not able to find a job."

The deepening foreclosure crisis also is having an effect. A growing number of pet owners are abandoning their pets or surrendering them to shelters after losing their homes or being forced into housing that doesn't allow animals, said Brian Adams, spokesman for the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals-Angell Animal Medical Center.

"We've seen where people have abandoned dogs in the house, we've seen dogs that have been surviving for weeks on toilet water, we've seen dogs that have either been chained up outside or left in the yard when the people have left, we've seen cats who are just set free," Adams said.

"We've seen people do something sort of in the middle of the road -- where they don't abandon it, they don't surrender it, but they give it to a neighbor or friend and then that person brings it in maybe a week or two later when they realize, you know, it was something that was sort of dumped on them when they weren't really ready for it yet," he said.

Petco Foundation, the charity arm of Petco Animal Supplies Inc., is establishing a program to provide up to $5,000 in grants to shelters to train, care for or find new homes for pets abandoned during the foreclosure crisis, said director Paul Jolly. The program will also benefit shelters that help pet owners find homes that allow pets or supply food to disadvantaged homeowners who want to keep their animals.

Linda Pouliot, executive director of the Franklin Food Pantry Inc., said her organization has been struggling to keep up with demand as it serves about 2,200 people, two-thirds of whom have pets.

"When we first started, people couldn't believe there'd actually be pet food because often times they'd take six or eight cans of tuna and we'd find out they weren't actually eating it themselves -- they were feeding the cats because they couldn't afford pet food," she said.

And some veterinarians have noted more pet owners trying to save money on medical treatments by passing up some options, including diagnostic tests.

"Where in the past they'd say: "Do anything that it takes,' they are now being more conscious about what it will take and then making those decisions," said Dr. Steven Rowell, hospital director of the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University.

"There are people normally you'd expect to go for preventative care, and they are cutting back on that a little bit," said Dr. Tricia Bolduc, a veterinarian at Franklin's Acorn Animal Hospital. "Definitely, they'd come in and decline certain services and, you know, just do the bare minimum."

Some pet owners just won't cut corners, though.

Doreen Kazijian said she delayed buying her own medication for high blood pressure, using the money to buy medicine for her 16-year-old cat with thyroid problems and a 17-year-old cat suffering from liver failure.

"It's just something I automatically do because I'd have done the same thing for my son," said Kazijian, 51, who lives in Franklin on disability pay and food stamps after rupturing two spinal discs.

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U.S. plans easing rules for home care for the poor

The federal agency that provides health insurance for the poor proposed on Monday to loosen payment rules for home-based health services.The U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services said thousands of patients in Medicaid, the federal plan for the needy, could now have the option of home-based care, rather than care in an institutional setting.Previously, to qualify for the benefit, individuals had to be "at imminent risk" of institutionalization, CMS said.The new rule, which is subject to a 2-month comment period, eliminates that requirement and lets states cover patients with incomes of no greater than 150 percent of the federal poverty level.Home health care companies include Gentiva Health Services Inc and Amedisys Inc.Whether these companies want the business is another matter, according to analysts, because payment rates may lag those from commercial payers and Medicare, the separate federal program for the elderly.



CLIENT STATISTICS FOR MARCH 2008
Distribution - Night (Third Thursday)
Regular clients 33
Total weight 1,763.3
Average per family 53.5
Distribution - Days (Monday - Friday)
Regular clients 64
More than one visit 0
Total weight 3,725.5
Average per family 57.8
USDA Distribution - Monthly
Total clients 107(H) 271(P)
Total weight 936.0
Senior Programs
Distribution - Days (Monday, Wednesday, Friday)
Senior clients 20
More than one visit 0
Total weight 920.0
Average per family 46.0
Distribution - Congregate
Crossroads & Medway 540.6
Center clients 0
Winter Street clients 0
Central Park Terrace clients 0
Total clients 528
Total weight 540.6
Distribution - Special Diet and Homebound
Meals-On-Wheels 21.6
Senior Outreach clients 0
Total clients 1
Total weight 21.6
Total of all programs
Weight In 6,017.8
Total clients for the month 917
Total weight for the month 7,907.0 
Total new clients 8
Total new persons 18



CLIENT STATISTICS FOR FEBRUARY 2008
Distribution - Night (Third Thursday)
Regular clients 31
Total weight 2,456.5
Average per family 79.2
Distribution - Days (Monday - Friday)
Regular clients 53
More than one visit 0
Total weight 4,038.7
 Average per family 76.2
USDA Distribution - Monthly
Total clients 109(H) 258(P)
Total weight 1003.2
Senior Programs
Distribution - Days (Monday, Wednesday, Friday)
Senior clients 16
More than one visit 0
Total weight 883.0
 Average per family 55.2
Distribution - Congregate
Crossroads & Medway 87
Center clients 52
Winter Street clients 15
Central Park Terrace clients 41
Total clients 195
Total weight 346.4
Distribution - Special Diet and Homebound
Meals-On-Wheels 3
Senior Outreach clients 0
Total clients 3
Total weight 64.7
Total of all programs
Weight In 7,854.7
Total clients for the month 556
Total weight for the month 8,792.5
Total new clients 11
Total new persons 21



CLIENT STATISTICS FOR JANUARY 2008
Distribution - Night (Third Thursday)
Regular clients 32
Total weight 1,945.3
 Average per family 60.8
Distribution - Days (Monday - Friday)
Regular clients 61
More than one visit 0
Total weight 4,274.8
Average per family 68.9
USDA Distribution - Monthly
Total clients 0(H) 0(P)
Total weight 0
Senior Programs
Distribution - Days (Monday, Wednesday, Friday)
Senior clients 22
More than one visit 0
Total weight 1,164.0
Average per family 52.9
Distribution - Congregate
Crossroads & Medway 82
Center clients 32
Winter Street clients 18
Central Park Terrace clients 53
Total clients 185
Total weight 639.6
Distribution - Special Diet and Homebound
Meals-On-Wheels 4
Senior Outreach clients 0
Total clients 4
Total weight 63.4
Total of all programs
Weight In 5,258.1
Total clients for the month 304
Total weight for the month 8,087.1 
Total new clients 5
Total new persons 13
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CLIENT STATISTICS FOR DECEMBER 2007
Distribution - Night (Third Thursday)
Regular clients 41
Total weight 2,577.1
Average per family 62.9
Distribution - Days (Monday - Friday)
Regular clients 66
 More than one visit 0
Total weight 886.2
Average per family 59.1
USDA Distribution - Monthly
Total clients 0(H) 0(P)
Total weight 0
Senior Programs
Distribution - Days (Monday, Wednesday, Friday)
Senior clients 15
More than one visit 0
Total weight 886.2
Average per family 59.1
Distribution - Congregate
Crossroads & Medway 87
Center clients 582
Winter Street clients 20
Central Park Terrace clients 42
Total clients 731
Total weight 1,200.0
Distribution - Special Diet and Homebound
Meals-On-Wheels 0
Senior Outreach clients 0
Total clients 0
Total weight 0
Total of all programs
Weight In 941.6
Total clients for the month 853
Total weight for the month 9,028.1
Total new clients 23
Total new persons 52

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CLIENT STATISTICS FOR NOVEMBER 2007
Distribution - Night (Third Thursday)
Regular clients 38
Total weight 2,546.4
Average per family 67.1
Distribution - Days (Monday - Friday)
Regular clients 72
More than one visit 0
Total weight 5,498.4
 Average per family 74.4
USDA Distribution - Monthly
Total clients 92 (H) 234(P)
Total weight 873.6
Senior Programs
Distribution - Days (Monday, Wednesday, Friday)
Senior clients 20
More than one visit 0
Total weight 915.3
Average per family 45.8
Distribution - Congregate
Crossroads & Medway 82
Center clients 518
Winter Street clients 21
Central Park Terrace clients 68
Total clients 689
Total weight 266.8
Distribution - Special Diet and Homebound
Meals-On-Wheels 2
Senior Outreach clients 0
Total clients 2
Total weight 15.8
Total of all programs
Weight In 21,308.3
Total clients for the month 1,055
Total weight for the month 10,116.3
Total new clients 17
Total new persons 37

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More Families, Children Homeless In Boston
Boston's annual  census of homeless residents has found more families without permanent housing than in 2006. Preliminary census numbers show nearly 3,100 members of homeless families living in the city, including more than 1,800 children. Both figures are up more than 17 percent from the previous year. The overall homeless population in Boston increased about 4 percent to 6,901. The census found fewer single adults who are homeless and a 40 percent decline in the number of people living on the streets. More than 100 groups that provide emergency shelter, transitional housing , domestic violence aid and medical care responded to the census. More than 350 volunteers also counted people on the streets on December 18. 

CLIENT STATISTIC
S FOR OCTOBER 2007
Distribution - Night (Third Thursday)
Regular clients 34
Total weight 2,014.5
Average per family 59.3
Distribution - Days (Monday - Friday)
Regular clients 72
More than one visit 0
Total weight 4,580.5
Average per family 64.2
USDA Distribution - Monthly
Total clients 111 (H) 293(P)
Total weight 1134.0
Senior Programs
Distribution - Days (Monday, Wednesday, Friday)
Senior clients 21
More than one visit 0
Total weight 1,058.8
Average per family 50.5
D
istribution - Congregate
Crossroads & Medway 67
Center clients 612
Winter Street clients 21
Central Park Terrace clients 83
Total clients 783
Total weight 1,536.8
Distribution - Special Diet and Homebound
Meals-On-Wheels 0
Senior Outreach clients 0
Total clients 0
Total weight 0
Total of all programs
Weight In 12,509.1
Total clients for the month 1,203
Total weight for the month 10,324.6
Total new clients 14
Total new persons 49
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Over 35.5 million hungry in 2006
More than 35.5 million people in this country went hungry in 2006 as they struggled to find jobs that can support them, a figure that was virtually unchanged from the previous year, the Agriculture Department said Wednesday.
Single mothers and their children were among the most likely to suffer, according to the study.
The 35.5 million people represented more than 1 in 10, or 12.1 percent, who said they did not have enough money or resources to get food for at least some period during the year, according to the department's annual hunger survey. That is compared with 35.1 million people who made similar claims in 2005.
"This is encouraging, but we know we have more work to do," said Kate Houston, USDA's deputy undersecretary for food, nutrition and consumer services. She said the numbers aren't much different from 2005, which saw a decline after five straight years of increases.
Of the 35.5 million people, 11.1 million reported they had "very low food security," meaning they had a substantial disruption in the amount of food they typically eat. For example, among families, a third of those facing disruption in the food they typically eat said an adult in their family did not eat for a whole day because they could not afford it.
"No one in America should go hungry," Houston said.
The survey was based on Census Bureau data and does not include the homeless. About three-quarters of a million people were homeless on a given day in 2005, according to federal estimates.
Among the findings:
n Among families, about 12.6 million, or 10.9 percent, reported going hungry for at least some period last year. Those disproportionately reporting hunger were single mothers (30.4 percent); black households (21.8 percent); Hispanic households (19.5 percent); and households with incomes below the official poverty line (36.3 percent).
n States with families reporting higher prevalence of hunger from 2004-2006 included: Mississippi (18.1 percent); New Mexico (16.1 percent); Texas (15.9 percent); and South Carolina (14.7 percent). North Dakota was the lowest with 6.4 percent.
n Of the 35.5 million people reporting periods of hunger last year, 12.6 million were children.
"This report comes at a critical time for hungry Americans and those of us who help serve them," said Vicki Escarra, president of the nation's largest hunger relief group - America's Second Harvest-The Nation's Food Bank Network. "There simply may be no food for many families when the rest of the nation gathers to celebrate Thanksgiving and religious holidays."
In the report, the terms "low food security" and "very low food security" replace the old descriptions of "food insecurity without hunger" and "food insecurity with hunger." The change was made last year based on a recommendation by the National Academies, which advise the government on science issues, a move that has drawn criticism by some Democrats who say the report speaks too euphemistically.
Jim Weill, president of the Food Research and Action Center, an anti-hunger group, said he is troubled by the report. He said figures for 2007 could prove to be worse, given rising food prices and an uneven economy this year.
"We need to do more to make sure that households have access to healthy food by improving and expanding proven programs that help," he said.

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CLIENT STATISTICS FOR SEPTEMBER 2007
Distribution - Night (Third Thursday)
Regular clients 25
Total weight 1,542.6
Average per family 61.7
Distribution - Days (Monday - Friday)
Regular clients 66
More than one visit 0
Total weight 3,819.0
Average per family 58.1
USDA Distribution - Monthly
Total clients 97 (H) 243(P)
Total weight 975.8
Senior Programs
Distribution - Days (Monday, Wednesday, Friday)
Senior clients 28
More than one visit 0
Total weight 1,731.1
Average per family 61.9
Distribution - Congregate
Crossroads & Medway 87
Center clients 593
Winter Street clients 21
Central Park Terrace clients 83
Total clients 784
Total weight 223.8
Distribution - Special Diet and Homebound
Meals-On-Wheels 2
Senior Outreach clients 0
Total clients 2
Total weight 27.4
Total of all programs
Weight In 7,595.6
Total clients for the month 1,148
Total weight for the month 8,319.7
Total new clients 10
Total new persons 26

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CLIENT STATISTICS FOR AUGUST 2007
Distribution - Night (Third Thursday)
Regular clients 28
Total weight 1,369.5
Average per family 48.9
Distribution - Days (Monday - Friday)
Regular clients 50
More than one visit 0
Total weight 2,514.2
Average per family 51.9
USDA Distribution - Monthly
Total clients 82 (H) 252(P)
Total weight 950.6
Senior Programs
Distribution - Days (Monday, Wednesday, Friday)
Senior clients 21
More than one visit 0
Total weight 824.8
Average per family 39.3
Distribution - Congregate
Crossroads & Medway 87
Center clients 571
Winter Street clients 16
Central Park Terrace clients 61
Total clients 735
Total weight 347.7
Distribution - Special Diet and Homebound
Meals-On-Wheels 0
Senior Outreach clients 0
Total clients 0
Total weight 0
Total of all programs
Weight In  5,913.6
Total clients for the month 1,086
Total weight for the month 6,006.8
Total new clients 3
Total new persons 11

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CLIENT STATISTICS FOR JULY 2007
Distribution - Night (Third Thursday)
Regular clients 20
Total weight 985.4
Average per family 49.2
Distribution - Days (Monday - Friday)
Regular clients 58
More than one visit 0
Total weight 3,360.0
Average per family 58.7
USDA Distribution - Monthly
Total clients 94 (H) 239(P)
Total weight 1,160.0
Senior Programs
Distribution - Days (Monday, Wednesday, Friday)
Senior clients 24
More than one visit 0
Total weight 995.0
Average per family 41.5
Distribution - Congregate
Crossroads 38
Center clients 482
Winter Street clients 12
Central Park Terrace clients 32
Total clients 564
Total weight 620.3
Distribution - Special Diet and Homebound
Meals-On-Wheels 0
Senior Outreach clients 0
Total clients 0
Total weight 0
Total of all programs
Weight In 5,902.0
Total clients for the month 905
Total weight for the month 7,120.7
Total new clients 9
Total new persons 19
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Goodsearch Update 7/17/07
For GoodSearch to succeed, it will take a major grassroots effort. Please spread the word to your friends and family and ask your favorite charity or school to include GoodSearch in its next newsletter and on its website.
This is how we have done so far:

Month Searches Amount Raised (Estimated)
May 40 $0.40
June 108 $1.08
July 27 $0.27
Total: Year-to-Date 175 $1.75
Total: Since Inception 175 $1.75

Keep searching and help out!

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CLIENT STATISTICS FOR JUNE 2007
Distribution - Night (Third Thursday)
Regular clients 25
Total weight 1,551.6
Average per family 62.1
Distribution - Days (Monday - Friday)regular clients 106
More than one visit 1
Total weight 5,610.6
Average per family 61.2
USDA Distribution - Monthly
Total clients 133 (H) 323(P)
Total weight 1,374.0
Senior Programs
Distribution - Days (Monday, Wednesday, Friday)
Senior clients 36
More than one visit 0
Total weight 1,494.5
Average per family 41.6
Distribution - Congregate
Crossroads 112
Center clients 582
Winter Street clients 18
Central Park Terrace clients 42
Total clients 754
Total weight 977.5
Distribution - Special Diet and Homebound
Meals-On-Wheels 4
Senior Outreach clients 0
Total clients 4
Total weight 81.0
Total of all programs
Weight In 6,073.0
Total clients for the month 1,248
Total weight for the month 11,089.2
Total new clients 12
Total new persons 39

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CLIENT STATISTICS FOR MAY 2007
Distribution - Night (Third Thursday)
Regular clients 33
Total weight 2,354.0
Average per family 71.4
Distribution - Days (Monday - Friday)
Regular clients 71
More than one visit 0
Total weight 3,820.2
Average per family 52.7
USDA Distribution - Monthly
Total clients 121 (H) 299(P)
Total weight 1,250.2
Senior Programs
Distribution - Days (Monday, Wednesday, Friday)
Senior clients 29
More than one visit 0
Total weight 1,412.4
Average per family 48.7
Distribution - Congregate
Crossroads 64
Center clients 587
Winter Street clients 21
Central Park Terrace clients 73
Total clients 745
Total weight 611.0
Distribution - Special Diet and Homebound
Meals-On-Wheels 3
Senior Outreach clients 0
Total clients 3
Total weight 48.0
Total of all programs
Weight In 13,242.4
Total clients for the month 1,180
Total weight for the month 9,495.8
Total new clients 7
Total new persons 21

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CLIENT STATISTICS FOR APRIL 2007
Distribution - Night (Third Thursday)
Regular clients 24
Total weight 1,460.0
Average per family 60.9
Distribution - Days (Monday - Friday)
Regular clients 67
More than one visit 0
Total weight 4,072.2
Average per family 58.8
USDA Distribution - Monthly
Total clients 89 (H) 262(P)
Total weight 1,187.2
Senior Programs
Distribution - Days (Monday, Wednesday, Friday)
Senior clients 22
More than one visit 0
Total weight 969.6
Average per family 44.1
Distribution - Congregate
Crossroads 32
Center clients 571
Winter Street clients 20
Central Park Terrace clients 58
Total clients 681
Total weight 465.8
Distribution - Special Diet and Homebound
Meals-On-Wheels 0
Senior Outreach clients 0
Total clients 1
Total weight 10.0
Total of all programs
Weight In  7,465.6
Total clients for the month 1,057
Total weight for the month 8,164.8
Total new clients 7
Total new persons 23

Touch A Truck Day Bring In 63 Lbs of Food Items
Thank You to the Children's Garden Preschool for the donation of 63 LBs of food items. People came and donated an item and had pictures taken on some big trucks which the children loved to honk the horns and play around inside of. This was a great event and we thank Ann Marie Donovan for organizing this drive that helps provide food for our clients during the cold and tough months here in New England. Pictures of this event will be posted in the Gallery ASAP.
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Thank You To Brownie Troop 859
We would like to thank Brownie Troop 859 for helping the clients of the Franklin Food Pantry provide their children with Halloween customes this fall through their "Costumes For A Cause" drive. This drive provided 200+ Halloween costumes for people who can not afford to buy them themselves. There was so much choice for them that it was like bringing their children to a store to select a costume and the children were really excited about going through and finding the costume that they liked best. Thanks again!
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Trick Or Treat Benefits Food Pantry
Free Photograph For Your Donation
On Saturday, October 28th, Craig Roberts Photography Studio will be taking photos of costumed trick or treaters at 32A Main Street, Franklin, during the Annual Main Street Trick or Treat Event on Saturday, October 28, from 10:00am to 12:00pm. We will be taking contributions, on that day, for the Franklin Food Pantry, of Personal Care Items, Non-Perishable Food Items, or Cash Donations. For your contribution, you'll recieve one FREE 5x7 photograph (only one photo per family). The Franklin Food Pantry is a member of the Greater Boston Food Bank and is able to purchase food at 18 cents per pound. So, your contribution of money will go a long way and be very appreciated. Call Craig Roberts Photography Studio with any questions at 508-528-5285.
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33rd Annual Franklin Newcomers And Friends Craft Fair
Please Remember To Bring Items For The Food Pantry!
The fair will take place on Saturday, November 11, 2006, at Tri-County Vocational Regional HS. We Need Monetary Donations As Well As All Food & Non-Food Items, Especially Toilet Paper. Thanks!
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Touch A Truck Day
Bring a non-perishable food item and you can sit, climb or have your picture taken with some
 great vehicles on display. All food donations will benefit the Franklin Food Pantry. Come for fun and help someone too!
Event Date: October 21, 2006
Event Time: 11am-1pm
Location: 233 West Central Street
Organization: Children's Garden Preschool
Contact: Ann Marie Donovan
Phone: 508-520-0099

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Franklin Food Pantry Needs Winter Donations!!!
Wednesday, October 18, 2006

Franklin Food Pantry Needs Your Help To Prepare For The Winter Months

We need money and food donations to maintain out operations

Money donations are our best source of food - money allows us to purchase food at 18 cents per pound through the Greater Boston Food Bank

Please make donations to:

Franklin Food Pantry

80 West Central Street

(Senior Center Basement)

P.O. Box 116

Franklin, MA 02038

(508)-528-3115

Thank You For Your Continued Support!

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Client Statistics For September 2006
Distribution - Night (Third Thursday)
Regular Clients: 43
Total Weight: 2,184.3 Averahe Per Family: 50.8
Distribution - Days (Monday-Friday)
Regular Clients: 86 More Than One Visit: 0
Total Weight: 4,629.5 Average Per Family: 53.9
USDA Distribution - Monthly
Total Clients: 117(H) 364 (P)
Total Weight: 1,280.0
Senior Programs
Distribution - Days (Monday, Wednesday, Friday)
Senior Clients: 36 More Than One Visit: 1
Total Weight: 1,358.2 Average Per Family: 37.8
Distribution - Congregate
Crossroads: 42
Center Clients: 612
Winter Street Clients: 23
Central Park Terrace Clients: 87
Total Clients: 764
Total Weight: 557.2
Distribution - Special Diet And Homebound
Meals-On-Wheels: 1
Senior Outreach Clients: 0
Total Clients: 1
Total Weight: 17.8
Total Of All Programs
Total Clients For The Month: 1,294
Total Weight For The Month: 10,027.0 Weight In: 7,569.6
Total New Clients: 14
Total New Persons: 39 
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Postal Drive 2006

Check Out The Gallery For The Pictures Of This Years Postal Drive. Thanks To All That Helped!!

Curves Food Drive
Community Notice
For Immediate Release
For More Information Call:
508 528-0908
Curves Supports Communities Nationwide
With 8th Annual Food Drive
Curves of Franklin, MA will be participating in the Curves Food Drive to benefit local food banks.
Last year, the Curves Food Drive collected 10.6 million pounds of food for local communities all over the world. That's almost 3 million more pounds than the year before!
To celebrate the generosity of the community, Curves is waiving its normal service fee* for any new member who brings in a bag of non-perishable groceries and joins between February 27 and March 11. Last year more than 251,000 new members joined Curves during the Food Drive.
Others wishing to donate may drop off non-perishable food items at Curves Monday through Saturday during business hours through the month of March. "So far we have raised over five hundred pounds this month and our goal is to raise one thousand! Please help us reach this goal!"
"The Curves Food Drive promotion is always exciting," said Mary Habib, the owner of the Franklin club. "We have a chance to help so many people at a time when the food banks are lowest, while we assist more women in reaching their fitness and weight loss goals. It's a win-win situation for everyone, and we're very proud to participate."
With nearly 10,000 locations worldwide, Curves is the largest fitness franchise and the fastest growing franchise company in history. More than four million women belong to the Curves community.
The Local Curves Address Is:
470 Franklin Village Drive
Franklin, MA 02038

Feinstein Challenge
Dear Friends,
I am writing today to ask you to help alleviate hunger in Franklin and the United States. The United States is the wealthiest country in the world, yet 38.2 million people are at risk of experiencing hunger each year. In Franklin 1600 residents are food insecure.

In an effort to alleviate hunger in our community and offer immediate resources, the Franklin Food Pantry has teamed up with the Feinstein Foundation to increase the amount of food and money we generate this spring for community members in need.

Specifically, the Franklin Food Pantry is participating in the annual Feinstein Challenge - a national food and fund-raising drive during the months of March and April that benefits local hunger relief agencies. For the past eight years, the Feinstein Foundation has pledged $1 million to be distributed among hunger relief agencies that organize food and fund-raising drives during the months of March and April in conjunction with the Challenge. Each agency receives a portion of the $1 million based on the amount of food and money it collects during this time period. In other words, the more food and money our agency raises, the more money we will receive from the Feinstein Challenge!

That is why I am writing to ask you to make a donation to the Franklin Food Pantry during this March or April as part of the Feinstein Challenge. The more food and money you give, the more of the $1 million we will receive from the Feinstein Challenge. There is no better time to make a donation to help alleviate hunger in Franklin.

Please give as generously as you can to help alleviate hunger in our community.

It is our community, our challenge, and our choice. Please choose to make a donation to The Franklin Food Pantry, 80 West Central Street, Franklin, MA 02038.

Thank you in advance for your generous support!

Sincerely,

Linda A. Pouliot

Executive Director of FFP

3/14/06 - PAP

        Franklin Food Pantry Website Updated
 
The Franklin Food Pantry's Website is starting to be built back up again after a long period of inactivity due to increased donations and clients that has left little time to maintain the website as planned. We hope to add more to the website as the time passes but a period of website inactivity should always be viewed as a busy time not a sign of abandonment of this feature. Thanks!

PAP - 02/09/06


Past News

CLIENT STATISTICS FOR MARCH 2005

Distribution - Night (Third Thursday)

Regular clients 25

Total weight 1,320.2 Average per family 52.8

Distribution - Days (Monday - Friday)

Regular clients 91 More than one visit 1

Total weight 4,772.8 Average per family 52.2

USDA Distribution - Monthly

Total clients 111(H) 272(P)

Total weight 1,134.0

Senior Programs

Distribution - Days (Monday, Wednesday, Friday)

Senior clients 23 More than one visit 0

Total weight 908.0 Average per family 39.5

Distribution - Congregate

Center clients 583

Winter Street clients 38

Central Park Terrace clients 87

Total clients 708

Total weight 402.9

Distribution - Special Diet and Homebound

Meals-On-Wheels 1

Senior Outreach clients 0

Total clients 1

Total weight 16.2

Total of all programs

Total clients for the month 1,120

Total weight for the month 8,554.1

Total new clients 5

Total new persons 17

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Lack Of Donations Leads To Less Active Website
 
The Franklin Food Pantry Website has seen less activity due to the limited donations and food drives since the Christmas season ended and the Holiday Giving season vanished before our eyes. I will try to keep the Website as up-to-date as possible and We Thank Everyone that has given us donations during these slow months. THANKS!!! 
 

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Monday, April 4th, 2005

CLIENT STATISTICS FOR FEBRUARY 2005

Distribution - Night (Third Thursday)

Regular clients 26

Total weight 1,317.2 Average per family 50.7

Distribution - Days (Monday - Friday)

Regular clients 86 More than one visit 0

Total weight 4,593.5 Average per family 52.9

USDA Distribution - Monthly

Total clients 107(H) 272(P)

Total weight 1,213.8

Senior Programs

Distribution - Days (Monday, Wednesday, Friday)

Senior clients 23 More than one visit 0

Total weight 1,054.7 Average per family 45.9

Distribution - Congregate

Center clients 507

Winter Street clients 37

Central Park Terrace clients 82

Total clients 626

Total weight 523.3

Distribution - Special Diet and Homebound

Meals-On-Wheels 0

Senior Outreach clients 65.8

Total clients 3

Total weight 65.8

Total of all programs

Total clients for the month 1,036

Total weight for the month 8,768.3

Total new clients 11

Total new persons 31

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Tuesday, February 15, 2005

CLIENT STATISTICS FOR JANUARY 2005

Distribution - Night (Third Thursday)

Regular clients 26

Total weight 1,591.1 Average per family 59.9

Distribution - Days (Monday - Friday)

Regular clients 170 More than one visit 0

Total weight 6,186.7 Average per family 68.9

USDA Distribution - Monthly

Total clients 96(H) 228(P)

Total weight 1,176.0

Senior Programs

Distribution - Days (Monday, Wednesday, Friday)

Senior clients 17 More than one visit 0

Total weight 738.7 Average per family 43.5

Distribution - Congregate

Center clients 687

Winter Street clients 28

Central Park Terrace clients 86

Total clients 801

Total weight 335.2

Distribution - Special Diet and Homebound

Meals-On-Wheels 0

Senior Outreach clients 0

Total clients 0

Total weight 0

Total of all programs

Total clients for the month 1,242

Total weight for the month 10,027.7

Total new clients 20

Total new persons 67

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CLIENT STATISTICS FOR DECEMBER 2004

Distribution - Night (Third Thursday)

Regular clients         33

Total weight         2,273.6                      Average per family 68.9

Distribution - Days (Monday - Friday)

Regular clients 143                                More than one visit   0

Total weight   8,821.6                             Average per family 62.4

USDA Distribution - Monthly

Total clients 110(H) 307(P)

Total weight 1,413.6

Senior Programs

Distribution - Days (Monday, Wednesday, Friday)

Senior clients    21                                 More than one visit    0

Total weight  1,067.0                             Average per family  50.8

Distribution - Congregate

Center clients 687

Winter Street clients 22

Central Park Terrace clients 97

Total clients 806

Total weight 424.6

Distribution - Special Diet and Homebound   

Meals-On-Wheels 0

Senior Outreach clients 0

Total clients 0

Total weight 0

Total of all programs

Total clients for the month 1,310

Total weight for the month 14,000.4

Total new clients No Stats

Total new persons All E.B.

  

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Coldwell Banker Cares Helps Local Community
Monday, January 3, 2005
 
The Franklin Food Pantry would like to thank Coldwell Banker Cares, Inc. for their generous donation of $1,700.  The check was presented by Kay Godin from the West Central Street branch. It comes during a time when the need is high and the funds are not always there. Coldwell Banker Cares Inc. is a 501(C)(3) nonprofit organization operated by the Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage for the purpose of raising funds to provide help and assistance to the communities in which they serve, with a focus on providing shelter; particularly to children and families. Thank You and keep up the great work, the community is a better place because of it.  

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Thank You Lion's Club For Donation
 
Wednesday, December 22, 2004
 
The Franklin Food Pantry would like to thank the Lion's Club for the huge donation of over a 1000 lbs of food. We are greatly appreciative of the Lion's Club and wish everyone a safe and Happy Holidays!   

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16th Annual Santa's Train Ride
 
Wednesday, December 22, 2004
 
The 16th Annual Santa's Train Ride, sponsored by Franklin Youth Services, at the Forge Park MBTA Train Station came through and collected 811.2 lbs of food items. The Train Ride was great fun for the kids and has once again helped the community with this donation that will be a big help this Holiday Season. Thank you everyone that came by and donated some food items. 

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Thanks For Holiday Season Help
 
Wednesday December 22, 2004
 
The Franklin Food Pantry would like to thank the following for all the help and effort put in to make this Holiday Season the best possible for our clients: Cutler Associates, Franklin Cub Scout Pack 29, Brownie Troop #947, the Donahue Family's Neighboorhood Food Drive, the Franklin Universalist Society, the Adirondack Club, the Cornerstone Christian Academy, Gustin Advertising, the New England Chapel, the Dean College Children Center, the United Chamber of Commerce, the A.W. Fletcher Fund, Benjamin Franklin Charter School, the Franklin Public Library, Brownie Troop #859, the Franklin Mill Store, the Straw Hat Society, Parmenter School, the Boston Group, Associated Service Corporation, the Franklin Forum, Franklin Cares, Oxford Country Day School, Davis Thayer School, and Whole Foods.

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Franklin Food Pantry Needs Winter Donations!!!

Tuesday, December 14, 2004

Franklin Food Pantry Needs Your Help During The Winter Months

We need money and food donations to maintain out operations

Money donations are our best source of food - money allows us to purchase food at 16 cents per pound through the Greater Boston Food Bank

Please make donations to:

Franklin Food Pantry

80 West Central Street

(Senior Center Basement)

P.O. Box 116

Franklin, MA 02038

(508)-528-3115

Thank You For Your Continued Support!

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Berry Insurance Makes Holiday Donation
Tuesday, December 14, 2004
 
Thank You Berry Insurance and Bob Berry for the donation of 83.8 pounds of goods and $100 in gift cards. This donation from Berry Insurance on 9 Main St., Franklin, Massachusetts, has helped the FFP keep it's shelves stocked and provide for our clients' Holiday needs. Thank you for supporting us during the busy Holiday season.

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The FFP Thanks Target For Sponsorship
Tuesday, December 14, 2004
 
The Franklin Food Pantry would like to thank Target for the sponsoring of our Holiday programs. Target generously donated $2,500 to pay for items to help our clients have the best possible Holiday season. We appreciate what Target Corporation has done for the community and wish everyone a Safe and Happy Holidays. 

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CLIENT STATISTICS FOR NOVEMBER  2004

Distribution - Night (Third Thursday)

Regular clients        36
Total weight        2,285.3    Average per family 63.5

Distribution - Days (Monday - Friday)

Regular clients    131        More than one visit    16 
Total weight      6,688.5     Average per family     56.9  

           
USDA Distribution - Monthly

Total clients  286(H) 105(P) 
Total weight  1,355.6

Senior Programs

Distribution - Days (Monday, Wednesday, Friday)

Senior clients      26                  More than one visit    4  
Total weight    1,070.2              Average per family   41.2  


Distribution - Congregate

Center clients                               928  
Winter Street clients                      57          
Central Park Terrace clients     119    
Total clients                               1,104      
Total weight                               1,078.1  

Distribution - Special Diet and Homebound

Meals-On-Wheels               56.6
Senior Outreach clients      0
Total clients                           5
Total weight                        56.6

Total of all programs

Total clients for the month     1,588   
Total weight for the month   12,534.3
Total new clients                              4   
Total new persons                        13       

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Thank You!!!
 
The Franklin Food Pantry would like to thank everyone who donated goods and money to help out this Thanksgiving! Thanks and remember we still have a long Holiday season to go and the need still remains after the Holidays have passed because Hunger doesn't disappear like the decoration do. Happy Holidays and Thanks again! 

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Franklin Rotary Club Food Drive
 
The annual Franklin Rotary Food Drive has been completed with a total of 997.3 pounds of goods donated to the Franklin Food Pantry. The Franklin Food Pantry thanks the Rotary Club for the great job they did providing what we needed most during this busy time of the year. As always the Rotary Club has proven its value to the area as a organization that has served the community and made it a better place since 1930.

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Annual Franklin Rotary Club Food Drive
 
The annual Franklin Rotary Food Drive is underway to benefit those served by the Franklin Food Pantry. The club's goal this year is to donate at least 100 full bags of groceries.
  Bill Kelley, coordinator of the drive, urged participation by noting, "The food drive is a great way to let everyone know what it means to be a Rotarian, and show that we really do make a difference in the community."
  Rotarians are inviting their families, friends and co-workers to join them in the effort. The Franklin Food Pantry is currently serving an average of 800-plus families, at the rate of 20 to 25 per day, many repeat customers.
  During a recent visit to a Franklin Rotary Club meeting, Linda Pouliot, executive director of the Franklin Food Pantry, noted that many formerly high-pay earning executives are among her patrons. Some are back to work, earning half of what they used to make, and they need the food to help make ends meet.
   Pouliot said food donations are much appreciated. Cash is also welcome, and goes far. She buys food for the pantry from the Greater Boston Food Bank at 16 cents per pound, so the dollar goes a long way.
   The following items are the most needed, according to Pouliot: canned pasta melas, baked beans, jams and jellies, whole kernel and creamed corn, peas, baby food, tomato products, all types of snacks, saltines and all types of crackers, cookies, and juice boxes.
   Health and beauty items also are welcome, including bar soap, toothpaste, shampoo, facial tissue, feminine care products, cleaning products, dish detergent and laundry detergent. Nutritional supplements, such as Ensure and Boost are also needed items.
   Those wishing to assist in the Rotary Food Pantry Drive may contact Peter D'Errico at (508) 528-3000. The deadline for the annual drive is Novemebr 18.
   Pouliot reminds done and all that hunger is not something to think about just around holidays, but something that continues throughout the year. Donations are always welcome at the Franklin Food Pantry, 80 West Central Street. The pantry is on the lower level of the Senior Center, accessed at the rear of the building.

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National Honor Society Meets Goal and More
 
Franklin High School's National Honor Society ran a very successful canned goods drive this past Halloween. Drives like this are extremely important as the holiday season approaches and the Franklin Food Pantry needs more goods to keep up with the growing demand of the community. The NHS had set a goal to raise 900 pounds of food. They went door to door to collect canned goods and we are greatly appreciative of their effort on the community?s behalf. I am glad to report that they blew their goal away and ended up with 3,209.7 lbs in total. 3,209.7 lbs of goods in total from a 900 pound goal is amazing and proves Franklin High School?s National Honor Society?s commitment to making their community a better place. The FFP Thanks the NHS for all their help!

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Newcomers and Friends craft fair a success
 
The Franklin Newcomers and Friends 31st annual Craft Fair took place Saturday, Nov. 13th, 9:30 am - 4 pm, at Tri-County Regional High School, 147 Pond St. Admission was $3 or $2 with a canned food item.
 This one day indoor fair featured more than 70 vendors with high quality crafts, including original art, holiday decor, dried florals, herbal soaps, candles and other great gifts.
 Proceeds are used to support local charitable organizations. The Franklin Food Pantry recieved a total of 494.8 lbs of Food Items. We Thank all involved for this contribution and greatly appreciate the help during the busy holiday season.     

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CLIENT STATISTICS FOR OCTOBER 2004

Distribution - Night (Third Thursday)

Regular clients 30

Total weight 1,505.0 Average per family 50.2

Distribution - Days (Monday - Friday)

Regular clients 74 More than one visit 0

Total weight 4,087.0 Average per family 57.2

USDA Distribution - Monthly

Total clients 123(H) 299(P)

Total weight 1,474.0

Senior Programs

Distribution - Days (Monday, Wednesday, Friday)

Senior clients 35 More than one visit 3

Total weight 1,311.5 Average per family 37.5

Distribution - Congregate

Center clients 782

Winter Street clients 36

Central Park Terrace clients 71

Total clients 889

Total weight 676.1

Distribution - Special Diet and Homebound

Meals-On-Wheels 1

Senior Outreach clients 0

Total clients 1

Total weight 16.2

Total of all programs

Total clients for the month 1,328

Total weight for the month 9,069.8

Total new clients 4

Total new persons 13

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Franklin Food Pantry Needs Fall donations!!!

 

FRANKLIN FOOD PANTRY NEEDS YOUR HELP DURING THE FALL MONTHS

WE NEED MONEY AND FOOD DONATIONS TO MAINTAIN OUR OPERATIONS

MONEY DONATIONS ARE OUR BEST SOURCE OF FOOD - MONEY ALLOWS US TO PURCHASE FOOD AT 16 CENTS PER POUND THROUGH THE GREATER BOSTON FOOD BANK

PLEASE MAKE DONATIONS TO:

FRANKLIN FOOD PANTRY

80 WEST CENTRAL STREET (SENIOR CENTER BASEMENT)

PO BOX 116

FRANKLIN, MA 02038

508-528-3115

THANK YOU FOR YOUR CONTINUED SUPPORT!