Driven by compassion and empathy Julie has developed and managed Franklin Community Center’s Food Pantry since its reopening in 2015. Understanding the implications of food insecurity and the role good nutrition plays in one’s overall health she has been committed to improving the quality of food, increasing the accessibility of healthy options and developing programs to encourage healthier food choices. She has engaged a team of 80 volunteers training and working alongside each volunteer to ensure that food is inspected, shelved and distributed following all food safety standards and nutritional guidelines. She has successfully cultivated relationships with local business and organizations to strengthen and support the pantry. From providing vitally needed food to fresh picked produce from our community garden, to increasing nutritional knowledge, to connecting clients to vital services Julie, together with community members, is impacting our neighbors in need.