Derek Smith, the executive director of the Franklin Food Bank, joined us in the studio to discuss, among other things, their community distribution on the first Wednesday of every month.
While we all know (and feel) the effects of rising food costs, supply shortages, and high gas prices, the impact in our area is particularly sharp. Fact: a household in Somerset County needs to bring home at least $118,000 in order to cover basic, minimum expenses.
That means more working people are finding it hard to make ends meet. Those who were already dealing with food insecurity (like single parents, the unemployed, the elderly, and disabled people) are dealing with even greater uncertainty. Now, more than ever, it’s important to know about this important community outreach.
The Franklin Food Bank has served Franklin Township since 1975, and since the onset of COVID-19, they’re serving more than ever from within the township and beyond. They offer community food distribution on the first Wednesday of each month at the Franklin Police Department, no questions asked. If anyone needs more support, they’re welcome to shop at the organization’s market-style distribution at the food bank on Churchill Ave.
Consider the fact that many who benefit from the Franklin Food Bank are neighbors who are just like you. who may have fallen on some hard times and need a little help to get back on track.
Take a listen to what Derek has to say and please take action; if you can, please consider a donation to the Franklin Food Bank to help them carry out their work; if you need help, please call the Franklin Food Bank to make sure you and your family are safe and nourished.
Derek shared, “On any given day you’ll see people coming to the parking lot on foot with carts picking up food. You’ll also see people coming in Audis or Mercedes coming in shopping. We don’t ask any questions. There’s a stigma that’s attached to coming to food pantries and soup kitchens across the country. What we focus on is treating our clients with the utmost dignity and respect. We want our clients to walk into the food pantry with their heads held high, we’re here to support and serve, no questions asked, that’s what we’re focused on.”
Check out all the information and the entire interview here…
Franklin Food Bank: Get help or give help at franklinfoodbank.org or 732-246-0009
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