SOMERSET, NJ - Hundreds of riders, walkers and community sponsors helped raise a record-breaking $80,000, April 30, for the Franklin Food Bank during the 28th annual Tour de Franklin Charity Bike Ride. 

“We’re excited to see this strong support each year for the Tour de Franklin,” Tour de Franklin Chairperson Lisa Frey said. “It not only brings critical funds for the Franklin Food Bank, it significantly increases awareness about the Food Bank and its mission in the community.”

About the Tour De Franklin

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The Tour De Franklin Charity Bike Ride is the Food Bank’s largest annual fundraising event. It is an opportunity to bring avid cyclists, local sponsors, and the Franklin Township community together for one day to support a local cause – fighting hunger.  

The Tour de Franklin includes seven events throughout the day, ranging from a 62-mile bike ride to a 1 -5-mile ride/walk.  It has become an annual community Spring tradition, and recent years have seen an increase in riders and support.  In 2016, 775 people also participated, raising approximately $78,000.    

Planning for the event starts in the fall, and the day of the Tour de Franklin requires a small army of volunteers to keep it running smoothly.  

Franklin Food Bank’s fight against local hunger

For over 40 years the Franklin Food Bank’s mission has been to provide food and assistance to people in need. While $80,000 sounds like significant money to raise, it is only a small fraction of the Food Bank’s annual budget, and in 2016, it provided approximately 10,000 food packages to Franklin Township residents. 

The Food Bank seeks innovative ways to meet its mission, including its community garden, with planting soon under way for the 2017 growing season.  It is not a part of any government agency and relies on community support and fundraisers to fund its mission, and the Tour de Franklin is a large part of that effort.   

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