From June , 2008 until August, 2017 a group of volunteers met at the former parish center in Franklin to prepare and serve a free dinner for the Franklin Community from 4:30 to 6:00 pm every Wednesday. With the sale of the old property and the current and planned usage of the old parish center by Warren County ESC, it became prudent for St. Mary to explore a new way to continue our mission of feeding the hungry in the Franklin area.
To that end we have formed an interfaith partnership with the Vineyard Downtown in Franklin (an outreach program through the Vineyard) that is located next to the Sav-A-Lot on 6th street. If you would like to know more about the Vineyard Downtown and the many services they provide to the needy in the Franklin area visit their website at www.vineyarddowntown.org.
On Wednesday, August 23,2017 the volunteer group began “Box Lunch” Wednesdays. The group meets at 8:30am in our parish center to assemble a box lunch. The lunch consists of a deli meat sandwich (ham or turkey with cheese), chips, fresh fruit, celery or carrots, cookies or a brownie and condiment packets. The boxed lunches are delivered to the Vineyard Downtown on Wednesdays at 11:30 to be distributed to their Wednesday lunch patrons. This new way of continuing our mission to feed the hungry will allow us to reach more people and will make it possible to engage more parishioners in the process. If you would like to volunteer or donate, please contact Doyle & JoAnn Key at firstname.lastname@example.org.