Mercer Street Food Bank seeks to fill summer hunger gap

Of the 21 counties in New Jersey, Mercer County ranks 7th highest in food insecurity. Summer is a particularly difficult time of the year for food banks. Donations always decline following the holiday season and reach their lowest point during the summer months. Food banks also face their greatest need in the summer. Families with children who have been receiving free or reduced-cost breakfast and/or lunch at school need to find a way to replace those meals during the summer break. Mercer Street Friends Food Bank has put out a call for donations to help Trenton’s children receive food for the summer.

We are asking for help in two ways:

1. Donations of money: The food bank buys large quantities of food at reduced cost. Donations can be sent directly to:

Denalerie Johnson-Faniel
Mercer Street Friends
824 Silvia Street
Ewing, NJ 08628

Phone: 609-278-5543
Cell: 917-334-3640

2. Donations of food:

Food Drives – Available all Seasons

Canned Proteins ~ Tuna, Sardines, Salmon or Chicken, Canned Vegetables
Canned Fruits in a Light Syrup or Juice, Rice, Pasta and Pasta Sauce
Shelf Stable Milks ~ Parmalat, Cereals & Oatmeal, Pancake Mix (Non~Sugar)
Peanut Butter & Jelly

Children’s Menu
Shelf Stable, 2% Reduced Fat Milk ~ 8oz Single Serving Size
Cereal ~ Individual Bowls or Boxes, Starkist Tuna to Go or equivalent,
Bumble Bee Tuna Salad with Crackers to Go or equivalent
Chef Boyardee Microwaveable Bowls or equivalent,
Campbell or Progresso Microwaveable Bowls or equivalent
Hormel Completes Entrees or equivalent
Peanut Butter 18oz, Jif to Go ~ little peanut butter cups
Grape Jelly in a Plastic Container*, 14 to 18oz, Granola Bars
Pudding Cups, shelf stable

Mercer Street Friends Food Bank will pick up the donated food at your location. Call the number above to schedule a pickup.

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