Community Meals Program launches fundraising campaign
GREENFIELD — The Franklin County Community Meals Program is working with local restaurants through the end of December to promote its “Share the Bounty with the County” fundraising campaign.
In the Franklin County tradition of local businesses and individuals working together to address community needs, local diners are invited to make donations to the FCCMP in specially marked envelopes at participating restaurants.
All contributions will directly support this critical and important program. FCCMP works with more than 40 volunteer groups to serve five free community meals each week in Greenfield, Turners Falls and Orange. The program expects to serve more meals this year than the 23,179 meals it served last year. In addition to offering meals, the program also operates two food pantries: one on the campus of Greenfield Community College for students and their families, and one in Orange that serves the greater county residents. The pantries now serve an average of 500 families each month. Quoting a former program director, “We can’t solve the problem of hunger in our community but we can make a real difference in people’s lives.”
The fundraiser asks people to “share the joy of a good meal” by helping ensure that someone else can do the same. Every $5 raised translates to more than 100 pounds of fresh produce and pantry staples through the Food Bank of Western Massachusetts.
Those who are able are encouraged to visit participating restaurants and share the joy of a good meal. Business include The People’s Pint, Denny’s Pantry, Taylor’s Tavern, Magpie, and Mesa Verde in Greenfield; Four Leaf Clover in Bernardston; and Monarch’s, Champney’s at the Deerfield Inn, Chandler’s Tavern, and Wolfie’s in Deerfield.
The mission of the Franklin County Community Meals Program is to work in partnership with the community to alleviate hunger in Franklin County. This mission is accomplished by working with local businesses and by receiving support from local residents who reach out to help their neighbors in need.
The Franklin County Community Meals Program was established in 1984 and is a non-profit 501(c)(3), a member of the Food Bank of Western Mass, and a Partner Agency of the United Way of Franklin County. In 2014, FCCMP served 23,179 free meals at sites in Greenfield, Turners Falls and Orange, and distributed more than 247,000 pounds of food through the Orange and Greenfield Community College Food Pantries. Visit the website at www.fccmp.org for further information.