8,000 more meals in 2020!

Elder Care Community Council of Franklin County, ECCC, is love in action.  2020 challenged ECCC, and all of us, in ways we didn’t expect.  Early in the pandemic, ECCC decided the priority was to provide food to anyone in need over the age of 55 living in Franklin County.  ECCC rolled up our sleeves, organized and we have been giving out kindness in the form of meals and groceries.  Collectively, we have helped with groceries, meals 5 days a week, sewn and distributed masks, tended the garden, made check in phone calls, and baked bread and sweets for the daily lunches. These actions are proof that kindness matters as we unfold hope for those seniors in need.  
ECCC would like to thank the Franklin County Board of County Commissioners and Pam Brownell & staff at Franklin County Emergency Management for providing COVID-19 kits this past week that were distributed.
ECCC started with a group of concerned citizens in 2016.  They saw a need and gathered to start the work of bridging the gaps in services for those over age 55 in Franklin County.  5 years later, ECCC continues to improve the lives of all seniors in the county.  In 2021, we look forward to being able to re-open the doors at Holy Family Senior Center, 203 Dr. Frederick Humphries, Apalachicola,  and provide space for people to gather safely for events and daily lunch.  2020 was a year of hard work dealing with many changes in how connections were made.  Outreach was tremendous as the daily lunch program numbers increased dramatically.   ECCC provided over 8,000 more meals in 2020 than in 2019 for a total of just over 11,000 meals for the yearECCC volunteers delivered hundreds of bags of groceries and made almost 1,000 phone calls to isolated seniors.  Currently, ECCC is planning ahead for the 2021 New Years Baskets. The Forgotten Coast Parrot Head Club, Steve & Brenda Coles as Captain and First Mate, is joining ECCC this year to sponsor the New Year’s Baskets.  You can connect with the Forgotten Coast Parrot Head Club on FaceBook if interested in their club.  If you would like to contribute to the 2021 New Years Baskets, we need the following items dropped off at Holy Family Senior Center between 11-noon Monday through Friday, or call us at 850-370-0116 and we will pick up the items:  Toilet paper, paper towels, dish soap, laundry soap, sponges, dishcloth, dish towels, soap, tooth brushes, tooth paste, toilet brush, toilet cleaner, etc.  Please donate items or cash by January 22. Together we continue our efforts to serve the vulnerable seniors in the county.  ECCC thanks everyone that has made a donation in 2020.  If you have not made a donation, please consider doing so now. The entire community is essential in providing quality services to those in need.  Our volunteers have been so dedicated though the pandemic by making calls and delivering food to homebound.  Many seniors were isolated in their homes prior to the pandemic and now we all have had the opportunity to feel this in our daily life.  Keep reaching out to your neighbors, friends and families as we join together to say ‘hello’ to 2021.  The number to call for more information about ECCC and our activities and services is 850-370-0116 or email us at ecccfranklin@gmail.com.  Our mailing address is:  ECCC, PO Box 335, Eastpoint, FL 32328