2016

10.23      Hot Dog Sunday

It was a beautiful, yet windy, day for our annual Hot Dog Sunday at the Corner Cafe & Grill. The Food Bank joined with the Franklin Township PBA, Local 154 to sell hot dogs, veggie burgers, soda, chips, sausage & peppers, the PBA Burger, and the Food Bank Foot Long. A huge shout out to Bobby, owner of the Corner Deli for opening his doors and cooking (inside because of the wind kept blowing out the flame on the grill). We could never have done it without the help of our long-time supporter, Stop & Shop Supermarkets for donating all of the food. Thanks to those of you who stopped by. We raised $550 for the Food Bank and $550 for the PBA – both of which put that money directly back into the community.

10.16       CROP Walk for Hunger

The Somerset CROP Walk took place on Sunday, October 16th. Forty-four participants walked to stamp out hunger globally and raised $2,823.00. The Somerset CROP Walk is a joint effort by the Franklin Township Houses of Worship and hosted by Somerset Presbyterian Church. To learn more about CROP Walk, visit Church World Services’ website.

10.15      CanalFest

Another gorgeous day for the 6th annual CanalFest. The artists sold beautiful original works, the kids decorated a ton of pumpkins (donated by Middlebush Farms), Point Community Church was back with their bouncy house, cotton candy, and popcorn. Kids participated in old fashioned games and made arts and crafts. The food … great street fair food. The music … there was so much talent on three different stages. It was such a great event, brought in part through a grant with the Somerset County Cultural & Heritage Commission. The event grossed $19,565.33 – that will help our neighbors in need. Enjoy the photos.

09.24     Franklin Day

franklin-day-5050The weather started out a little iffy but that didn’t stop hundreds of volunteers and vendors from setting up for the anticipated crowds. The clouds lifted and it turned into a beautiful day. The event organizers estimated a record-breaking approximately 10,000 visitors throughout the course of the day.

A lot of questions were about how to volunteer. Check out our webpage on volunteering. We had so many people stop by to say hello, learn more about how they can help, and to find
about other events that we are having. Mostly, people wanted to know how they can help their neighbors in need.

You can always spot a Food Bank 50/50 person – they are carrying a big red sign! This year the 50/50 raised $345 for the Food Bank.

A huge thank you to the event organizers, Franklin Township and Councilwoman Roz Sherman and our volunteers who helped man the table. But mostly, thank you for stopping by and saying hello :).

07.18     Golf fore Groceries

Our third annual golfing event, Golf fore Groceries, was held on Monday, July 18th at Royce Brook Golf Club. It was so hot but that didn’t stop a record-breaking number of golfers from hitting the links. We hit a hiccup in the middle of play when the skies opened up and it poured. Thank you to our golfers, golf committee, and especially the staff of Melillo Consulting for making our time on the links a huge success.

In the evening we had a great time at The Palace at Somerset Park, our co-host. The silent auction was sponsored by ASL Interpreter Referral Service. We had a lot of great prizes including a trip to Mexico.

With everyone’s help we netted over $22,000! 

Please enjoy the video and remember to support our wonderful sponsors.

05.22     Hair of the Dog Run

One of our Board members, Tristan Wallack and his wife Karla, have run in the Hair of the Dog race for more than five years. This year they set an ambitious personal fundraising goal of $1,500 with the proceeds going to the Food Bank. We are so happy to report that they met and exceeded their fundraising goal (115%). Thanks to Karla and Tristan the Food Bank will have an additional, much needed, $1,730!

04.24     Tour de Franklin

Our 27th annual Tour de Franklin brought a lot of changes:  new location, new registration software, new routes, new menu. One thing that didn’t change was the Tour has remained our largest fundraiser. This year we had almost 800 participants who, along with our sponsors, raised almost $80,000!

Because the Tour has continued to grow each year, we decided to move the Tour to Franklin High School which has a much larger cafeteria to accommodate all the hungry participants (pre- and post-ride). Speaking of the cafeteria, there were some new menu items added this year:  sandwich wraps, salads, hot dogs, hard-boiled eggs, and even pizza! The routes were all easy to follow with the 40-mile giving the most work out (we’re adjusting it for 2017). We even updated our registration software to make it easier for our riders to share with their supporters.

04.02     Going for the Green Craft Beer & Music Festival

We held our 2nd Annual Going for the Green Craft Beer & Music Festival in the greenhouse at Suydam Farms on April 2nd. It might have rained again this year (it seems like we are setting a trend) but our guests stayed dry inside the greenhouse as they listened to some awesome tunes, tasted a ton of beer, ate some delicious food, and had a blast. Check out our YouTube to see what you missed!

02.05     Chili Cook Off

If you cook it they will come! Congratulations to Chef Tom Canales, East Franklin Fire Company (Station 27) and Chef Michael Reinbeck, East Millstone First Aid Squad who won for the best Firehouse Chili. We would also like to congratulate Sophie’s Bistro for their second win as the Best Restaurant Chili.

Thank you to Sunrise Deli, Corner Cafe & Grill, Griggstown Quail Farm, Oink & Moo BBQ, and Desert Moon for the delicious chili.

In addition to the cook-off, the event featured entertainment from Franklin High School’s FHS Warrior Jazz Trio and items for sale such as baked goods, hot dogs, and beverages. Once again, Jenna Danielsen made the delicious cupcakes!!!

All volunteers were courtesy of the Franklin High School Warriors:  Key Club, Junior ROTC, Jazz Ensemble, Red Cross Club, National Honor Society. The Art Club made all of the signage. The press for the event was even written by reporters from the school’s newspaper.

Once again we tip our hats to Stop & Shop for supplying us with food and helping us secure donations for food from:  Bimbo Bread, Boar’s Head Hot Dogs, Coca Cola.