My name is Anthony, I’m 30 years old and I’d like to share my great experience I have had with the Franklin Community Center. I first heard of the Center while researching for emergency food help in Saratoga Springs, I had just moved into town and was desperately looking for work and some type of income only to be met with a serious challenge. I was really hungry and nobody would give me a opportunity where I could produce food for myself that day, everything was focused around putting me into a program (Food Stamps) to getting jobs that would only pay two weeks later even if I ‘theoretically’ got hired (which there was no guarantee). So naturally, I was facing a period of time where I was literally starving without anything to fall back on I started feverishly searching Google only to come to some information about the Franklin House, I decided to go there to see if I could get some help, and what I found was pleasantly surprising.
I was greeted by Julie, who is the coordinator of the pantry/ and community center. She is very kind and also makes you feel welcome, which is refreshing as I don’t really know anyone in the Saratoga Springs area. They have a garden outside and the community center grows their own veggies and fruits when it’s the season for it. Inside is where the food pantry is located. Not only did I get a sufficient amount of food to help me get through my adjustment period, the food is actually good which is quite surprising since I have frequented other pantry’s and they didn’t have a nearly as good selection or even gave you as much. The Franklin Community Center went above and beyond to make sure that not only I was taken care of food wise, with a plethora of healthy options… they even offered to give me some food for my cat, which really gave me the overall impression that The Franklin Community Center is a great place, with some great people working there.
I would highly recommend this Food Pantry to anyone that needs immediate help and doesn’t know where to go for it. Thank you so much for helping me and giving me meals to make it through !