Franklin Food Bank holds largest annual event
Since 1975, the Franklin Township Food Bank has provided food and assistance to residents in need.
The issue of hunger is a growing one. Frank Hasner, Executive Director, said that the organization continues to see an uptick in residents who need their services.
"We are seeing that more and more folks are the working poor," he said. "They have jobs. They are just having trouble meeting their expenses."
In fact, the need has grown approximately 10 percent annually over the last few years. The Franklin Township Food bank had over 10,000 visits last year.
They provide a package of groceries to help fill in the gaps for local residents. Each family is allowed one visit per month, plus three others throughout the year.
The Food Bank receives no government funding, with all of its support from the community and events, such as their upcoming fundraiser.
The 26th annual Tour de Franklin takes place on April 26 in Somerset, NJ.
It includes seven events throughout the day, ranging from a 62 mile bike ride to a 1-5 mile ride/walk.
"It is our biggest fundraiser, but even more so, it's our biggest friend-raiser," Hasner said.
Last year’s bike-a-thon drew 650 people and raised over $60,000, which goes towards their mission to assist people in an atmosphere of dignity and respect.
"We really want people to feel comfortable to come in and ask for help," Hasner said.