The Franklin Food Bank was started in 1975, operating from a small room in the Middlebush Reformed Church. It was known then as the South Somerset Emergency Food Bank. Realizing that families’ need for food outlasted the holiday spirit of food giving, the Food Bank operated with varying degrees of success over the next seven years.
In 1982 a revitalization committee was formed, sponsored by the Somerset Ministerial Association. Efforts were made to broaden community support. Space was donated in the former Franklin State Bank facility. The Food Bank changed their name to Franklin Township Food Bank to better reflect the community it served and became a private, non-profit organization.
In 2016 the Food Bank realized that many people thought we were operated by local government. The Food Bank is a private, non-denominational, non-profit organization. Although we receive small government grants, the majority of our funding comes from individuals. To better reflect who we are, we changed our name to the Franklin Food Bank, dropping the Township. The Township is who we serve and not a part of who we are.
The Food Bank began feeding a few families a few times a year. We now feed over 2000 families a year.