Many thanks to all our golfers and to our generous sponsors for making our first Golf Fore Groceries event a tremendous success! They raised approximately $21,000 for the Food Bank through their participation in the golf, as well as at the post-golf dinner where a 50/50 raffle and silent auction was held.
Golf fore Groceries is co-sponsored by The Palace at Somerset Park.
the Power of a Child
Thirteen year-old Nicole Kutner was preparing for her Bat Mitzvah. Rather than have her parents or other select a community service project for her, Nicole knew that she wanted to feed those less fortunate than herself. She went onto the Franklin Township Food Bank website and found what food items were needed and wrote a letter to her neighbors asking for their support. Nicole asked that non-perishable food items be placed on her neighbors' front porches on Thursday, April 17th and, with the help of her parents and her older brother Josh, the next day she drove around the neighborhood and picked up a lot of food - 647 pounds worth - as well as a generous financial donation to the Food Bank to purchase additional food. Nicole also reached into her own savings account and went to a local store to purchase more food and basic household supplies to add to the collection. When asked why she chose the Franklin Township Food Bank to be the recipient of the donations, Nicole said "I just wanted to make a difference in my own backyard."
If you are inspired by Nicole's story and the impact a 13-year old girl can have on feeding those in need, contact Nancy at the Franklin Township Food Bank to find out how you can help.
Different Types of Food Drives
April not only brought April showers and the Tour de Franklin, it also brought different types of food drives - one offered students extra credit and the other offered clients clean laundry! If you would like to hold a food drive such as one of the type listed below or perhaps you would like to help us serve specific dietary needs, please contact the Franklin Township Food Bank.
Food = Extra Credit
April was Food Bank month for Franklin High School's Key Club. Club Advisor, Karen Trautmann offered the students an opportunity to earn extra credit in her Social Studies classes if they donated food to support the Franklin Township families in need. A lot of extra credit was given by Mrs. Trautmann because the students donated 817 pounds of food.
Clean Your Clothes the United Way
On April 29th, the United Way of Northern New Jersey dropped off 230 pounds of personal hygiene products and laundry detergent. "A lot of people don't realize that you cannot purchase these items with food stamps," said Lynn Weckworth, Director of Income at United Way of Northern NJ. Clients of the Food Bank will have the option of choosing a "special" item such as toothpaste, feminine hygiene products, or laundry detergent thanks to the generosity of this United Way drive.
Serena Bennerman, Operations Director of the Franklin Township Food Bank, with a sample of the laundry detergent donated by United Way of Northern New Jersey.