“Friday morning they discovered it,” says Amy Clarke, executive director of the Franklin County Meals Program. “I had an email from the manager just saying how very sorry she was that this had happened”
Sometime between midnight and 7 a.m. Friday, thieves broke into the People’s Pint on Federal Street and stole the pub’s safe.
They got away with cash and checks from past few nights, but inside the safe, there were also donations for the Franklin County Community Meals Program.
“We put envelopes in local restaurants, asking diners over the holidays to leave a few extra dollars to feed hungry families in our community while they’re eating out for Thanksgiving or for Christmas or for the holidays,” says Clarke.
Last year’s collection raised more than $3,000 for hungry families and the People’s Pint brought in a large portion of that.
“Really their first concern, over losing some of their own funds, was losing funds that would help feed the community,” says Clarke. “They have been very generous to the community in many ways over the years.”
It’s unclear how much money was taken because all the donations were kept in individual envelopes. That also means that whoever took the cash knows that what they stole was intended for charity.
While police may never catch the crooks, there’s still time to make up for what they took.
The People’s Pint and other Franklin County restaurants are still collecting donations. You can also donate online at fccmp.org.
“The need is greater than ever,” says Clarke. “We encourage people to support pantries and meal sites wherever they live.”
The Franklin County Community Meals Program serves more than 17,000 people each year.