Franklin County Community Meals Program’s ‘Walk-to-Thank’ fundraiser wrapping up with July 31 event

  • Rachel Berggren, executive director of the Franklin County Community Meals Program, at the Orange Food Pantry in June 2020. Berggren said the purpose of the nonprofit’s ongoing “Walk-to-Thank” fundraiser is twofold: helping to shine a spotlight on local businesses that have been tagged as “FCCMP Community Supporters,” and raising money to support programs addressing hunger across Franklin County. Contributed photo

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Published: 7/23/2021 8:38:47 PM

GREENFIELD — The Franklin County Community Meals Program is inviting community members to the Greenfield High School track and field on Saturday, July 31, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. to “celebrate community together.”

Throughout July, the Franklin County Community Meals Program has been hosting the “Walk-to-Thank” fundraiser and social media challenge. Executive Director Rachel Berggren explained the purpose is twofold: helping to shine a spotlight on local businesses that have been tagged as “FCCMP Community Supporters,” and raising money to support programs addressing hunger across Franklin County.

The month-long event culminates in the July 31 gathering. Berggren said attendees can win raffle items, participate in food-related activities, spend time with neighbors, thank the business community and meet meals program staff, board members and volunteers. Those who participated in the Walk-to-Thank fundraiser can collect prizes for participating, finish their walk on the track and turn in their pledges.

“Whether you are connected to our meals program community, are proud to be a part of Franklin County, are passionate about supporting local businesses or just want to have some fun, come join us,” Berggren said.

As the July 31 event draws near, community members can still donate toward a $10,000 goal by visiting fccmp.org/donate, mailing checks to FCCMP at P.O. Box 172, Greenfield, MA 01302 and noting “Walk-to-Thank” in the memo line, or creating a fundraising page through fccmp.org/walktothank.

There is also still time to participate in the “Walk-To-Thank” social media challenge, Berggren said. Stop by any of the 108 participating businesses and thank them by taking a selfie and posting it to the Franklin County Community Meals Program’s Facebook page, tagging FCCMP and the business. Pledges can be tracked through a paper pledge sheet that can be printed from the website or picked up at the meals program’s office at 324 Wells St. in Greenfield. For every business visited, Greenfield Savings Bank will donate $1 to the fundraiser. The bank will also donate $500 in the name of the person who visits all 108 businesses.

“With your help, we can continue to do this important work and grow our impact to not only feed people, but connect them to resources, ensure access through delivery services and outreach programs, and most importantly, build community with and for our neighbors,” Berggren said.

For more information, contact Berggren at fccmp.ma@gmail.com or 413-772-1033.


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