SOMERSET – The Franklin Food Bank’s annual Tour de Franklin Charity Bike Ride is traditionally held in April and is one of the first bike rides of the season. This year is no exception, with the Tour scheduled for Sunday, April 29, 2018, in Somerset, NJ.

This year is the Tour de Franklin’s 29th year, and it has grown into a community tradition. Every April, the event kicks off the riding season for many avid cyclists, signals Spring for the Franklin community, and provides an opportunity for everyone to help neighbors and fight local hunger. 

For the third year in a row, the Tour de Franklin will be held at the Franklin High School at 500 Elizabeth Ave in Somerset. The day will consist of seven different rides, including the 62-mile, 40-mile, 25-mile, 10-mile, 1-to-5-mile walk or ride, and a 5-mile and 10-mile ride along Somerset’s scenic canal, offering something for everyone.

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Ride start times are staggered throughout the morning, with riders returning to the High School for a community lunch at the end of their ride. T-shirts are guaranteed for all participants who register by April 1, and special T-shirts will be awarded to Silver Riders who raise over $150 and Gold Riders who raise over $300.

There are sponsorship opportunities available for every budget.

The Tour de Franklin is the Franklin Food Bank’s largest fundraiser and a critical part of the Food Bank’s financial support. 2017 was a record year, with almost 800 riders coming together in one day to raise almost $80,000 for the Food Bank.  This is a substantial increase from the Tour’s humble beginnings in 1989 when 30 riders banded together to raise $1,500. However, the Food Bank’s needs are also far greater than in 1989, now feeding 1800 families and processing over 1.3 million pounds of food in their warehouse.

While the $80,000 raised by the Tour de Franklin sounds like a lot, it is a small part of the Food Bank’s annual budget.

To learn more about the Franklin Food Bank and the Tour de Franklin, please visit the Food Bank’s website ( Don’t forget to like the Tour de Franklin and the Food Bank Facebook pages.

All proceeds will benefit the Franklin Food Bank.

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