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Community Spotlight: Race Farm of Blairstown, N.J.

Race Farm is a fourth generation family farm started in 1938 with a commitment to sustainable agriculture and community giving. Located in Blairstown, N.J., Race Farm has been an avid supporter of Franciscan Charities, as well as many other charitable organizations, through the Give it Fresh Today (G.I.F.T.) program at the Summit Farmer’s Market, various [...]

October 9th, 2016|

Attention: Soup Kitchen Volunteers Needed

Franciscan Charities is in need of volunteers to work in the soup kitchen on the first Monday of the month. We are looking for permanent “team” members to help prepare and serve the meal. The hours are 10:30 to 1:45. If interested, please contact our volunteer coordinator, Mary Lee via email at

October 9th, 2016|

Save the NEW Date for our 6th Annual Charity Golf Outing!

Due to the weather forecast, our 6th annual Charity Golf Outing (originally scheduled for Monday, Sept. 19th) has been postponed until Monday, September 26th. Same time/place. We hope you can all still join us next week. Thank you!

September 18th, 2016|

Q & A with Ana Hazard, Director of the Healing Ministry of Divine Mercy

This month's blog feature is a very special woman -- Ana Hazard, the Director of the Healing Ministry of Divine Mercy. Ana joined us for a heartfelt Q & A regarding her introduction to Brother Paul Miller, her current role, and the ministry's mission. Read on to learn about her remarkable and inspiring story. 1) Hi [...]

September 8th, 2016|

Summer Program Success for Newark’s Kids

This year our Children's Summer Program was staffed a little differently and, with the program officially ending for the season tomorrow, we'd like to highlight the success of our talented staff of interns. David Asamoah-Duodu, who will be pursuing his doctorate degree in psychology at Rutgers in the Fall, joined us as the Director of [...]

August 11th, 2016|

Teen Volunteer Brings Innovative Solution for Girls to Soup Kitchen

This July, our Soup Kitchen welcomed back long-time volunteer Olivia, a rising senior at Verona High School. Olivia has been coming to the kitchen for many years, volunteering for a variety of our programs. Now a teenager, she wanted to take on a more independent role and focused her attention on our Literacy Program. By doing so, she formed a [...]

July 29th, 2016|

Save the Date! FC’s 6th Annual Charity Golf Outing

The Franciscan Charities 6th Annual Charity Golf Outing is coming soon! When: Monday, September 19, 2016 Where: Essex County Country Club, West Orange, NJ Event Times: Registration and Continental Breakfast - 10:00 AM Shotgun Start -- 12:00 PM Lunch on the Course Cocktails and Fabulous Food -- 5:00 - 7:00 PM Awards -- 6:00 PM [...]

July 11th, 2016|

A Special Guy, A Special Birthday, and A Very Special Gift

Michael Ricciardi, a long-time supporter of Franciscan Charities, recently celebrated his 60th birthday and, because he requested no gifts, his friends and family surprised him with donations to the soup kitchen. In the photo above, Michael's brother Carmine presents him with a check symbolizing the initial donations, totaling $25,000. By the end of the evening, the [...]

June 23rd, 2016|

Business Supporter Spotlight — Brownie Points

Brownie Points in Summit has been supporting St. Ann’s Soup Kitchen with delicious donations of bakery items for the past seven years. These treats are a favorite among our soup kitchen clients and volunteers—and help to bring smiles to our guests every week. In addition to the donations, the bakery’s owner, Bob Conway, was an [...]

June 21st, 2016|

Soup Kitchen receives grant from The Hyde & Watson Foundation

Franciscan Charities is happy to announce the receipt of a $9,000 grant from The Hyde and Watson Foundation of Warren, NJ. The funds will be used to improve the soup kitchen's security system and provide lockers for the volunteers to store their personal belongings. Over the years, The Hyde and Watson Foundation has been a [...]

June 3rd, 2016|