Seniors food drive set by FFD
The Franklin Fire Department in cooperation with the St. Mary Parish Council on Aging is conducting its third annual “Food Drive for Senior Citizens.”
“Last year’s food drive was a huge success where nearly 35 local senior citizens received food baskets for the holidays,” Fire Chief Chuck Bourgeois said.
Residents are asked to bring new can goods and easy to prepare items to the Central Fire Station at 512 First St. “We specifically need canned meat, fruit and box meals,” the chief said.
Monetary donations are accepted and all funds raised are used to buy “ready to prepare meals” for the food basket. Anyone bringing a minimum of six items will receive a new fire extinguisher while supplies last.
The St. Mary Parish Council on Aging provides the list of needy seniors for the program. “The seniors we serve with this program are typically the ones who do not receive any other type of assistance,” Bourgeois said. “Either by pride or falling through the cracks of the system, we are the only agency giving them assistance for the holidays. Last year we gave food baskets, provided donated Christmas gifts, assisted in finding furniture and installed smoke detectors to these needy seniors.”