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Franklin Community Center Blog

The New Garden is Up and Growing

June 9th, 2015

On a rainy Friday morning in June we had our two favorite gardeners, Himanee & Jim Gupta-Carlson (our head gardeners), guiding a team of community volunteers on how to plant our newly expanded garden.  Himanee and Jim secured donated plants from Malta Ridge Farm and made sure the garden was packed with veggies that are both easy to grow and easy to prepare.  Keep good thoughts and cross your green thumbs that we have a fantastic garden season!

(fyi – if you find you have extra garden veggies at home, drop them off at our pantry.  We will definitely find good homes for them!)


Photographs by Mark Bolles, Creative Photo and Graphic

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Keeping up with the numbers…

February 1st, 2012

Chances are you’ve heard our pleas about needing food for the food pantry.  And we are VERY thankful to those who have come to our aid when we have asked.  The term “feast or famine” couldn’t be more relevant than it is here at FCC, and for the people we serve, as well. 

At Christmas time, we literally had a busload of food come in from the Saratoga Springs City School District.  And yet, today, I struggled to find a variety of items to give to the families who came in for the pantry.  It truly is incredible how quickly the food comes in and just as quickly goes back out.

We ask for help when the shelves get low because we know many of you look for ways to give back to the community.  It’s a great way to rally co-workers , friends, neighbors and classmates to contribute in a tangible, simple way.  Our goal is and has always been to continue meeting the needs of the people who turn to us, and we know we can’t do it alone, especially as our numbers keep rising. 

We hope you know how much we appreciate our donors.  We consider ourselves the “facilitators”, and we’re truly fueled by your kindness.  So, how about this: Instead of thinking of it as Franklin Community Center asking for your help, let’s think of it as us all working together to help our neighbors and our community.  Because together, we are making a difference.   

If you are interested in helping, here are some of the items we need most:

Instant Mashed Potatoes
Instant Oatmeal
Hearty Soups
Spaghetti Sauce
Noodle/Rice Side Dishes
Spaghettios/Chef Boyardee
Pancake Mix
Hamburger Helper
Taco Kits
Canned Fruit
Peanut Butter and Jelly

Certain Items Greatly Needed in Food Pantry

January 18th, 2012

We are happy to report that our food pantry shelves are not bare, though there are several items that seem to go very quickly.  We could use the community’s help replenishing them.  If you can, please keep Franklin Community Center and the people we serve in mind during your next trip to the grocery store.  We appreciate it so much! 

  • Cereal
  • Tuna
  • Peanut Butter and Jelly
  • Chef Boyardee and Spaghettios
  • Spaghetti Sauce
  • Baked beans/Pork-n-Beans
  • Rice a Roni/Pasta Side DishesThank You for helping us feel local families in need!!!

Help to Make the Season Bright

October 13th, 2011

Want to spread the merriment this holiday season???

Franklin Community Center is looking for people to purchase gifts for local children in-need.  If you are interested in adopting a child or family, or if you’d just like to purchase miscellaneous gifts/toys for us to distribute to those on our list, please contact us at 587-9826 for more information.


Turkey Time!

We are also taking donations of non-perishable items for Thanksgiving meals, as well as vouchers and gift certificates for turkeys.

We look forward to partnering with our generous donors to help make the holidays brighter for those who need our help.  Thank you!