Thursday, November 27, 2008

Helping Your Neighbors - Especially Now

Things are tough for all of us, but for those who have lost jobs and teeter on losing their homes, I ask all of you who can to give a little to a food pantry listed below at this time of great need. No one in our community should go without food and you will feel better by contributing to those who are less fortunate then we are. We went to BJ's and bought $175 worth of staples for the Salvation Army in Framingham. We ask you to do what you can for this winter of hardship that many of our neighbors will most certainly endure. Together we can be a part of the solution.

Food Pantries in Framingham

Salvation Army/Framingham Food Pantry
34-35 Concord Street
508 875 3341

St. Bridget’s Food Pantry
15 Wheeler Avenue
508 875 5959

Metro West Harvest
SMOC Building
300 Howard Street
508 788 3663



At November 28, 2008 at 8:26 AM , Blogger Friend said...

great idea. thanks for putting this information out there.

At November 28, 2008 at 10:29 AM , Blogger Rick said...

Lets hope people listen to your suggestion. I think it is important that you are leading by example, having done this yourself, but not many of us can afford an extra bill of $175 that's a lot of money. But if each of us can do a small part, then with a lot us doing that, it will all add up. Let's take care of our brothers and sisters, instead of expecting the government to do it for us.

At November 28, 2008 at 2:59 PM , Blogger Jim Pillsbury said...

Rick.... how true... it's up to us.. to help eachother.

Thanks again

At November 29, 2008 at 10:03 PM , Blogger Arnold said...

Thanks for the list of food pantries. Nice to have those at our fingertips. But asking us to feed other people when we can't feed ourselves, that is assuming an awful lot. Don't just post stuff here expecting everyone who comes here is financially stable, because we are not. I am thankful for the list of food pantries because I need food, not because I can donate. Don't be so biased that you are blind to the needs of some of the people here in Framingham reading your blog. Are you an elitist or something?

At November 30, 2008 at 10:27 PM , Blogger Jim Pillsbury said...


I'm trying to lead by example. I've worked on behalf of the hungry for many years and I'm glad I can help you in some small way.

I remind people who read this blog of the plight many have and how they can help, that's all.

I consider the people who read this blog to be caring, intelligent layman and laywomen, who stop by to see what's up in my world, that's all.

At December 1, 2008 at 12:30 PM , Blogger Derek said...

Appreciate your listing the food pantries, but not the comment you posted with the listing. You put those up there assuming that everyone who reads your blog would be in a position to donate, and not to need assistance. You should have posted them with a comment saying here is the information if you need assistance, and if you are fortunate enough to not need assistance, then donate. I know you are not an elitist as someone here suggested, but you really have to be more aware of who your audience is. Don’t assume only the rich of Framingham read your blog. I am not rich, and I read it regularly, and I support you politically. I know it is semantics and probably not important to you, but to those of us who are on the side of needing assistance from the pantries, you make us feel like we are not the people you are writing for when you post the pantry addresses with a note to donate, and not with a note saying they are there to help if you need them.

At December 1, 2008 at 1:45 PM , Blogger Jim Pillsbury said...


I assume nothing by posting the note. Just trying to help...either way. Don't shoot the messenger.

At December 1, 2008 at 2:25 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow, people really do get pissy here! Personally, I think posting the addresses is enough, skip the commentary. Let people see it as an offer of assistance, or a request for support, whatever their situation is.

At December 1, 2008 at 6:55 PM , Blogger Jim Pillsbury said...

Good point Ann... Thanks

At December 2, 2008 at 5:32 PM , Blogger Anderson said...

scewed up people, he was doing somthing good. just because you are miserable don't mean you can take it out on everyone else here. if you need food then be grateful he gave you the address to get it from. if you can donate then donate. whats the big deal? I say thanks for getting that informatin up on your blog Mr. Pillsbury.

At December 3, 2008 at 11:51 AM , Blogger John said...

You ask me you are all just mad that someone you thought was nothing more than a pothead can afford to donate a significant amount and you can’t. Pisses you off that Pillsbury is successful in more ways than one and you aren’t. That proves the statements about people using pot being useless and on their way to lives destroyed by drug addiction are completely bullshit.

At December 3, 2008 at 5:22 PM , Blogger Doreen said...

At least he is doing something other than complaining, which is more than most of you who have written here can say. You got a better idea? Lets here it. Otherwise just use the information in whatever way it works for you. Either donate or pick up some food. Stop complaining about someone who is actually doing something to help.

At December 10, 2008 at 10:21 AM , Blogger Frank S. said...

Just noticed this part of the blog. Nice idea especially as we get nearer to the holidays. This is good for all of us, those who can help, and those who need help. Whichever side of that equation you are on, I hope you avail yourself of this information. What about other holiday needs, trees, gifts for kids, any ideas on where we can go to donate that stuff?

At December 10, 2008 at 7:09 PM , Blogger Jim Pillsbury said...

Frank S,

I'm a life long supporter of the Salvation Army and just about every penny you give them, goes directly to the less fortunate. I'd start there and work down the list on this page. Your generosity will be rewarded by knowing you have helped someone locally.

Thanks Frank


At December 23, 2008 at 9:29 PM , Blogger Jim Pillsbury said...

Good people, While not being rich and couldn't afford to feed everyone in town, we have tried to contact St. Bridget's for the last 2 days to make a donation and have had no response. I apologize to anyone who has sought this pantry out for help as I have donated there in the past and was repeating what I read in the MetroWest Daily News about food pantrys in Framingham. Please consider the Salvation Army or SMOC if you are in need or wish to make a donation.


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