The Franklin County Chamber of Commerce set a goal of providing 250 holiday food baskets to families in need this holiday season. Local businesses and individuals the Franklin County Chamber of Commerce exceeded its goal and was able to provide 275 food baskets.

The boxes included a turkey with all the trimmings and dessert for a family and were prepared by four Chamber member grocers: Hannaford, Save-a-Lot, Tranten’s Market and Walmart. The food baskets were distributed at the chamber office to families who had completed applications and through the Franklin County food pantries. In addition to the meals, the chamber collected canned food and will donate this to the local area food pantries to help them meet the season’s demand.

The Franklin County Chamber of Commerce would like to thank everyone who contributed to this cause including: Acme Land Surveying, Al Kaplan, Angela LeClair, Anita Thomas, Ann Crafts, Arthur Stafford, Becky Powell, Calzolaio Pasta Co., Carla DeGraw, Charlie & Juanita Crafts, Christine Greenleaf, Coca-Cola, Coldwell Banker Sandy River Realty, Inc., Comfort Inn & Suites, County Seat Realty, Dave & Debbie Holt, Dead River Company, Diana Oliver, Doug & Beth Allen, Dutch Treat, EL Vining, End of the Rainbow Alternatives, Expenet, Farmington Emblem Club #460, Farmington Rotary, Four K Storage, Franklin County Children’s Task Force, Franklin Memorial Hospital, Franklin Printing, Franklin Savings Bank, Franklin Somerset FCU, Glenn & Sharri Kapiloff, Greg Patterson, Helen Gossom, Hight Chevrolet Buick GMC, James Bouchard, Janette Jackson, Joe McGinn, John & Louise Hinkley, Jonathan Cohen, K Scott & Marry Morrison, Laura Kwon, LEAP, Inc., Linda Abbott, Lynn Ploof-Davis, Main-Land Development Consultants, Marlene Newhall, Melissa Green, Mike Blanchet, Patricia Ridley, Patty Veayo, Public Safety, Planing, Policy & Research, LLC, Quinnale & Joey Hinsey, Rhonda Irish, Riverside Greenhouse & Florist, Rob & Martha Lively, Russell Black, Sandra Frisbie, Sandy River Center, Scott Landry, Shannon Smith, Shelby Newell, Skowhegan Savings Bank, Steve & Cheryl Bunker, Steve & Peggy Mosher, Steve Quackenbush, Sue Mattice, Sue Soly, Sylvia Richards, Tents for Rent, Theresa Overall, Tony Arruda, Tracy & Peter Dowland, Turner Publishing, Inc., United Insurance Shiretown Agency, Vickie Robbins, Western Mountain Financial, Wiles Funeral Home, Wilson Lake Inn, WMCA Career Center, Work First, Inc.

The Gerry Wiles Holiday food basket committee starts working on this project in October and through their efforts and the support from businesses and individuals the chamber is able to support those in need this holiday season. “I am proud to work for an organization that gives back to its community. Every contribution to this effort, large and small, makes this program the so successful.” said Chamber executive director, Penny Meservier.

For more information, visit www.franklincountymaine.org.