Orange community meal site moving to United Methodist Church

  • The Franklin County Community Meals Program’s Orange meal site is moving to the United Methodist Church starting Thursday. Pictured from left are Pastor Judy Jones, Orange Meal Site Coordinator Laurie MacDonald, FCCMP Executive Director Rachel Berggren and Daniel Jones. Contributed Photo/Rachel Berggren

Staff Writer
Published: 11/9/2021 3:24:48 PM

ORANGE — With the Selectboard having voted to close the Orange Armory in late October due to poor conditions, the Franklin County Community Meals Program’s Orange meal site is moving to the United Methodist Church starting Thursday.

“We’re changing locations,” said Rachel Berggren, executive director of the Franklin County Community Meals Program, which looks to alleviate hunger by providing meal sites and food pantries across the county. “Everything is exactly the same, we’re just at a new home.”

The Orange meal site, formerly located in the Orange Armory, will now be run out of the church at 104 South Main St. Between 5 and 5:30 p.m. on Thursdays, community members can pick up a free meal to take home and visit a pop-up pantry of select food items. All are welcome.

“The future of the church lies in affirming the dignity and worth of all people of our community,” said Judy Jones, pastor of the Orange United Methodist Church. “OUMC is excited to be entering into partnership with FCCMP to serve members of our community.”

“We are deeply grateful for this new partnership,” Berggren agreed. “We look forward to building community together.”

The Selectboard voted on Oct. 20 to close the Orange Armory at 135 East Main St. due to a slew of conditional problems including a leaking roof, lack of heat, mold, foundation cracks and plumbing issues. The board also voted to temporarily relocate the town offices based in the building, and work out short- and long-term leases with the owner of a temporary location at 62 Cheney St., the rectory of the former Bethany Evangelical Lutheran Church.

The Franklin County Community Meals Program operates four free community meal sites, including the Orange site now operating out of the United Methodist Church. Other community meals are offered: on Mondays from 4 to 6 p.m. at Our Lady of Peace Church, 90 7th St. in Turners Falls; on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 4:45 to 5:45 p.m. at the Second Congregational Church, 116 Court Square in Greenfield; and on the fourth Thursday of each month in Northfield at the Trinitarian Congregational Church, 147 Main St., from 5 to 6 p.m.

For more information about the Franklin County Community Meals Program, visit its website at, visit its Facebook page at or call 413-772-1033.

Zack DeLuca can be reached at or 413-930-4579.


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