SOMERSET, NJ - The Franklin Food Bank hosted a grand re-opening with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at its new location at 224 Churchill Avenue Sunday afternoon.
Public officials, business owners, law enforcement representatives, and community leaders attended the event.
The change in the location gives the Food Bank a bigger facility and a brand new program designed to help feed more neighbors by providing customers with more choice.
The "Client Choice" program affords customers the opportunity to pick out what they need as if they were shopping at the grocery store, using a point system. Since the launch of the program, Food Bank volunteers and clients have seen a lot more activity at the facility.
Last year, the Monday before Thanksgiving was one of the busiest days of the year with 89 visits. Since the launch of "Client Choice", the largest number of visits in a day has been 155, according to Franklin Food Bank Grant Writer, Allison O'Brien.
The Franklin Food Bank has been helping Franklin Township families since 1975 and feeds close to 2,000 families per year.
Franklin Food Bank Executive Director, Frank Hasner welcomed attendees and discussed
Mayor Phil Kramer says he thinks the new program helps to add more dignity to a client's experience because of their ability to now choose what they want.
Somerset County Freeholder Deputy Director Patricia "Pat" Walsh says that the Franklin Food Bank is the first to run the "Client Choice" program, but all of the other county food banks are talking about it.
Hasner discusses the client experience in the new facility.
Hasner leads a tour of the facility for grand re-opening attendees.
The Franklin Food Bank is open Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday from 10 am to 2 pm, Thursday from 10 am to 7 pm and Saturday from 9 am to 12 pm. They are closed on Friday and Sunday.
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