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Tour de Franklin Set To Launch On April 28

Tour de Franklin Set To Launch On April 28

The Franklin Food Bank’s 35th Annual Tour de Franklin Charity Bike Ride is set for April 28 at Franklin High School. The Tour de Franklin is the Franklin Food Bank’s largest annual fundraising event, attracting up to 800 cyclists to provide critical funding for the Food Bank’s operations. It has also grown into a Spring […]

Franklin Food Bank Awarded $1 Million Grant

Franklin Food Bank Awarded $1 Million Grant

A $1 million grant to the Franklin Food Bank from a foundation founded by MacKenzie Scott, the ex-wife of billionaire Jeff Bezos, will be put toward a new, larger facility, according to the organization. The grant was part of $640 million Scott’s foundation, Yield Giving, awarded to 361 non-profits on March 19. “From a pool […]

The Marigold Holds ‘Love Thy Neighbor’ Fundraiser For Franklin Food Bank

The Marigold Holds ‘Love Thy Neighbor’ Fundraiser For Franklin Food Bank

The Marigold catering hall was the scene February 13 of a special fundraiser for the Franklin Food Bank. The “Love They Neighbor” event was sponsored by the catering hall itself, and probably won’t be the last one it holds. Lisa DiCenzo, the Marigold’s Director of Catering, said the idea for the fundraiser was borne last […]

Food Bank Receives Help From Somerset Patriots

Food Bank Receives Help From Somerset Patriots

The Franklin Food Bank was one of four Somerset County food pantries to recently receive a total of $25,000 in donations from the Somerset Patriots minor league baseball organization. The checks were presented by Somerset Patriots Co-Chairmen Jonathan and Josh Kalafer as part of a “Somerset Challenge” matching grant that produced more than $50,000 in total […]

Tour De Franklin Charity Ride Set For April 28

Tour De Franklin Charity Ride Set For April 28

The 35th Annual Tour de Franklin Charity Bike Ride benefiting the Franklin Food Bank is set for April 28 at the Franklin High School. The Tour de Franklin is the Franklin Food Bank’s largest annual fundraising event and a Spring tradition in Franklin Township, when up to 800 cyclists ride through the community to fight […]

FR&A Man Of The Year: Derek Smith, Franklin Food Bank Executive Director

FR&A Man Of The Year: Derek Smith, Franklin Food Bank Executive Director

“Public servant” is usually a moniker reserved for elected officials. But a person doesn’t necessarily have to win an election to serve the public, as exemplified by the Franklin Food Bank’s Executive Director, Derek Smith, who the Franklin Reporter & Advocate is proud to name as its 2023 Man of the Year. Smith was named […]

COSI, Franklin Food Bank, Team Up To ‘Feed Minds And Feed Lives’

COSI, Franklin Food Bank, Team Up To ‘Feed Minds And Feed Lives’

Students at Pine Grove Manor Elementary School were the beneficiaries March 31 of a special partnership between the Franklin Food Bank and an Ohio-based science museum. The museum, the Center of Science and Industry (COSI), has for the past two years deployed representatives to bring to schools its “Learning Lunchbox” program, which is designed to […]

‘Empty Bowls’ Food Bank Fundraiser Returns As Originally Planned

‘Empty Bowls’ Food Bank Fundraiser Returns As Originally Planned

The fifth annual Empty Bowls fundraiser for the Franklin Food Bank returned to its original home and with its original grandeur on March 26. The event was held at the Doubletree Hotel on Atrium Drive as it was in 2019. The Covid-19 pandemic forced organizers to improvise and hold smaller events in 2020, 2021 and […]