Nourishing Neighbors. Building Community.

Franklin, MA   |
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EIN: 04-3272663


To alleviate food insecurity and compassionately empower our community through resources and collaboration.

Notes from the nonprofit

The Franklin Food Pantry, Inc. offers supplemental food assistance, household necessities, and resource referral programs to more than 1,300 individuals per year. The Pantry relies on donations and grants to purchase items and pay for daily operations, and partnerships with The Greater Boston Food Bank, Lovin Spoonfuls, and local grocery stores to achieve greater buying power and lower costs. Programs include In-person Shopping, Curbside Pick-up, Emergency Food Bags, Mobile Pantries, Home Delivery, Kids Snack Bags, Weekend Backpacks, Holiday Meal Kits, Community Gardens, and the Franklin Farmers Market. The Pantry is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization in good standing in Massachusetts, recognized by Charity Navigator as a Four- Star Charity, and awarded GuideStars Platinum Transparency ranking. The Pantry is located at 341 W. Central St. in Franklin, MA on Route 140. Please visit for more information.

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Executive Director

Tina Powderly

Main address

PO Box 116

Franklin, MA 02038 USA

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Subject area info

Human services

Population served info

Children and youth


Ethnic and racial groups

Economically disadvantaged people

NTEE code info

(Human Service Organizations) (P20)

IRS subsection

501(c)(3) Public Charity

IRS filing requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

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Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Weekend Backpack Program

The Franklin Food Pantry works with the Franklin elementary schools to provide backpacks to students (identified by the school nurses) for the weekends. These backpacks are filled with ready to eat/warm meals such as apple sauce cups, snacks, mac and cheese cups.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Mobile Pantry which delivers food monthly to select neighborhoods where people have difficulty getting to the Pantry.

Population(s) Served

Home delivery is intended to serve clients who live in Franklin who have difficulty visiting the Franklin Food Pantry in person. This includes but is not limited to neighbors who are homebound due to illness, medical issue (e.g., surgery), disability or other issues; experience constraints due to caring for disabled, ill or elderly family members; high risk of serious illness from COVID-19

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people
Children and youth

Where we work


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Affiliations & memberships

Greater Boston Food Bank 2023

Lovin' Spoonfuls 2023

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of clients receiving the grocery shopping services

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Age groups, Economically disadvantaged people

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success


Pounds of produce distributed

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Age groups, Economically disadvantaged people

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success


Number of meals delivered

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Age groups, Economically disadvantaged people

Related Program

Mobile Pantry

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success


Context Notes

These figures are only for our Mobile Pantry Program and represents bags of food.

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Our Mission
To alleviate food insecurity and compassionately empower our
community through resources and collaboration.

Our Vision
The Franklin Food Pantry will build a community in which
everyone in need has an improved quality of life through
nutritious food and supportive resources.

Our Focus Areas:
➢ Enhance Client Services
➢ Engage and Educate the Community
➢ Secure a New Location
➢ Elevate our Sustainable Infrastructure

We purchased and renovated a new building in order to enhance programming, serve more clients and provide a dignified and welcoming space for our clients, volunteers, staff and community members to come together to
help each other.

We are embarking on a grant funded strategic planning process to map our capacity and strategy for the next 3-5 years.

Hired dedicated Fund Development professional; engaged HR consultant around compliance and infrastructure; built out Board with various experiences and expertise; strong financial profile with adequate reserves; fully staffed with benefits to improve retention rate; bigger space to allow us to intentionally and strategically acquire food

To date
➢ Conduct a client needs assessment
➢ Conduct a community needs assessment.
➢ Identified and secured a long-term space
➢ Created a long-term Fund Development Plan and Calendar
➢ Update Standard Operating Procedures for key events, operations and
financial activities

What's next
➢ Consider developing additional mobile sites .
➢ Data from a client survey will be used to implement programs and/or
➢ A communication plan and calendar, that includes a distribution list, and
press release dates will be used as a guide to communicate to the
Franklin community.
➢ We will create a vision and plan for the physical layout of a new space.
➢ We will launch a capital campaign
➢ Increase monthly donors by 20%.
➢ Develop a comprehensive technology strategy inclusive of operations,
client services, security, and internal functions.
➢ Conduct regular employee surveys.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on demographics (e.g., race, age, gender, etc.), We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive, We share the feedback we received with the people we serve, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to find the ongoing funding to support feedback collection, Staff find it hard to prioritize feedback collection and review due to lack of time

Revenue vs. expenses:  breakdown

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info
Note: When component data are not available, the graph displays the total Revenue and/or Expense values.

Liquidity in 2023 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 8.71 over 10 years

Months of cash in 2023 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 5.4 over 10 years

Fringe rate in 2023 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 15% over 10 years

Funding sources info

Source: IRS Form 990

Assets & liabilities info

Source: IRS Form 990

Financial data

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Revenue & expenses

Fiscal Year: Jul 01 - Jun 30

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

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Balance sheet

Fiscal Year: Jul 01 - Jun 30

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

The balance sheet gives a snapshot of the financial health of an organization at a particular point in time. An organization's total assets should generally exceed its total liabilities, or it cannot survive long, but the types of assets and liabilities must also be considered. For instance, an organization's current assets (cash, receivables, securities, etc.) should be sufficient to cover its current liabilities (payables, deferred revenue, current year loan, and note payments). Otherwise, the organization may face solvency problems. On the other hand, an organization whose cash and equivalents greatly exceed its current liabilities might not be putting its money to best use.

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Financial trends analysis Glossary & formula definitions

Fiscal Year: Jul 01 - Jun 30

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

This snapshot of FRANKLIN FOOD PANTRY INCORPORATED’s financial trends applies Nonprofit Finance Fund® analysis to data hosted by GuideStar. While it highlights the data that matter most, remember that context is key – numbers only tell part of any story.

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Profitability info 2019 2020 2021 2022 2023
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) before depreciation $86,210 $255,641 $386,506 $286,246 $1,001,734
As % of expenses 11.1% 36.1% 59.0% 37.5% 103.3%
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) after depreciation $81,833 $242,610 $372,649 $271,278 $976,878
As % of expenses 10.5% 33.7% 55.7% 34.9% 98.2%
Revenue composition info
Total revenue (unrestricted & restricted) $806,921 $1,005,740 $1,356,390 $887,283 $2,010,938
Total revenue, % change over prior year 23.8% 24.6% 34.9% -34.6% 126.6%
Program services revenue 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Membership dues 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Investment income 0.1% 0.0% 0.1% 0.2% 0.6%
Government grants 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 6.5% 31.6%
All other grants and contributions 99.9% 98.4% 99.9% 99.3% 67.8%
Other revenue 0.0% 1.5% 0.1% -6.0% 0.0%
Expense composition info
Total expenses before depreciation $776,118 $707,260 $655,428 $763,433 $969,607
Total expenses, % change over prior year 25.6% -8.9% -7.3% 16.5% 27.0%
Personnel 26.6% 32.4% 39.9% 39.0% 39.1%
Professional fees 1.2% 1.7% 2.1% 1.8% 3.8%
Occupancy 8.2% 8.8% 9.4% 8.7% 7.6%
Interest 0.0% 0.3% 2.3% 1.7% 1.9%
Pass-through 58.3% 51.6% 38.6% 41.2% 38.8%
All other expenses 5.7% 5.1% 7.7% 7.7% 8.8%
Full cost components (estimated) info 2019 2020 2021 2022 2023
Total expenses (after depreciation) $780,495 $720,291 $669,285 $778,401 $994,463
One month of savings $64,677 $58,938 $54,619 $63,619 $80,801
Debt principal payment $0 $0 $8,582 $0 $16,239
Fixed asset additions $0 $58,683 $0 $15,204 $2,095,578
Total full costs (estimated) $845,172 $837,912 $732,486 $857,224 $3,187,081

Capital structure indicators

Liquidity info 2019 2020 2021 2022 2023
Months of cash 2.0 5.9 11.6 6.9 7.8
Months of cash and investments 2.0 5.9 11.6 6.9 7.8
Months of estimated liquid unrestricted net assets 4.2 8.9 16.4 18.4 6.2
Balance sheet composition info 2019 2020 2021 2022 2023
Cash $126,325 $350,299 $635,974 $438,196 $627,692
Investments $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Receivables $0 $0 $0 $0 $100,867
Gross land, buildings, equipment (LBE) $63,537 $88,274 $89,881 $105,085 $2,200,663
Accumulated depreciation (as a % of LBE) 87.9% 39.6% 54.3% 60.7% 4.0%
Liabilities (as a % of assets) 3.3% 41.7% 22.7% 26.9% 17.2%
Unrestricted net assets $281,156 $523,766 $896,415 $1,167,693 $2,144,571
Temporarily restricted net assets $19,593 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Permanently restricted net assets $0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Total restricted net assets $19,593 $62,432 $376,888 $214,493 $258,199
Total net assets $300,749 $586,198 $1,273,303 $1,382,186 $2,402,770

Key data checks

Key data checks info 2019 2020 2021 2022 2023
Material data errors No No No No No


The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

Letter of Determination is not available for this organization
Form 1023/1024 is not available for this organization

Executive Director

Tina Powderly

Number of employees

Source: IRS Form 990


Officers, directors, trustees, and key employees

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

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Board of directors
as of 02/22/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
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Board chair

Rachel Flum

Suzanne Gendreau

Roberta Trahan

Nancy Schoen

Vicki Coates

Susan Dewsnap

Judith Perez

Rachel Flum

Jim Barton

Oona Harrington

David Stott

Amber Baur

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 4/29/2021

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Professional fundraisers

Fiscal year ending

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 Schedule G

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