Franklin Food Bank’s Annual Tour de Franklin Charity Bike Ride Scheduled for Sunday, April 28, 2019
The Franklin Food Bank’s annual Tour de Franklin Charity Bike Ride will be held on the last weekend of April, on Sunday April 28, in Somerset, NJ. This year marks the 30th year of the Tour de Franklin, and the charity bike ride has grown into a community tradition to fight local hunger.
The Tour de Franklin is the Franklin Food Bank’s largest annual fundraising event. Each year between 700 and 800 cyclists and walkers join with community sponsors to raise over $75,000 in one day for the Food Bank. The funds are critical to the Food Bank’s operations. The Food Bank helps feed 1800 families in the community throughout the entire year, although it receives almost no government funding.
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 D&R canal, offering something for everyone. Ride start times are staggered throughout the morning, with cyclists and walkers returning to the High School for a community lunch at the end of their ride.
This year’s Tour de Franklin will also commemorate the 30th anniversary of riding to fight hunger. The Tour de Franklin started in 1989 when a small group of cyclists took action against hunger in the community to raise $1,500 in one day.
To learn more about the Franklin Food Bank and the Tour de Franklin, please visit the Tour de Franklin’s FirstGiving Site, Don’t forget to like the Tour de Franklin and Franklin Food Bank Facebook pages.
All proceeds will benefit the Franklin Food Bank.