Look out fore fun as we hit Royce Brook Golf Club's exclusive West Course on Monday, July 21st for our Golf fore Groceries golf outing. After you've birdied that hole, join us for a cocktail reception, award dinner, and silent auction at The Palace of Somerset Park.
Registration and sponsorship opportunities are now available online. There are also many sponsorship opportunities available to suit your needs or contact us and we can customize one for you. Cheer on your foursome or promote your business while supporting the Food Bank!
Not a golfer? Not a problem. Join us at Royce Brook for lunch or at The Palace for our award banquet.
Golf fore Groceries is co-sponsored by The Palace at Somerset Park.
You Need an Actual Tent for
the Community Sponsor Tent
We ran into a booking issue with a tent large enough to house the businesses in the Tour's Community Sponsor Tent. With Muscular Dystrophy events throughout New Jersey and events at Rutgers the weekend of the Tour, there were no large tents to be found, not even for rent! Luckily Jeff, the owner of Above All Party Rentals, donated the 20'x30' tent and tables to the Food Bank's annual Tour de Franklin. Thank you Above All Party Rentals!
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.
Tour de Franklin
Roberto Sumarsay was the winner of the adult bicycle at this year's 25th Annual Tour de Franklin. Roberto said this is the first time he ever won anything. The bicycle was generously donated by Bike 'N Gear on Demott Lane, generosity which they have graced the Tour with for many years. Congratulations Roberto and thanks for participating in our 25th Tour!
Frank Hasner (L), Executive Director of the Franklin Township Food Bank, presents Roberto Sumarsay with his new bike, courtesy of Bike 'N Gear.
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.