September is Hunger Action Month and for the third consecutive year, the Trenton Area Soup Kitchen (TASK) joins advocates against hunger and food insecurity in a nation-wide push to promote awareness about the millions of people who chronically struggle with access to food.
TASK acts against hunger year-round, but as Mercer County, New Jersey’s only weekday soup kitchen, it takes added steps in September to bring local awareness to this national dilemma affecting nearly 40,000 county residents of which 10,000 are children.
Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, TASK has prepared and served more than 150,000 meals – nearly 1,700 meals each day. This is an 85% increase in meal preparation and delivery from the prior year.
It also includes more than 65,000 meals served through new partnerships with the city of Trenton and local nonprofits, delivering meals to home-bound seniors, families with children, the newly established COVID-19 emergency shelter.
After nearly 40 years of operation, TASK has never turned anyone away hungry – including those most affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.
“TASK advocates for anyone experiencing hunger and food insecurity,” said TASK Executive Director Joyce E. Campbell. “This year, however, with the many conversations on racial and economic injustice and coping with the COVID-19 pandemic, Hunger Action Month can put a spotlight on the challenges felt right here in our own backyard. Everyone is feeling the crunch of these times, but we can’t deny that disadvantaged communities have been the hardest hit.”
This month TASK is launching its “30 Ways in 30 Days” calendar to provide several opportunities for the community to take action and turn hunger into hope.
Whether you make a donation, volunteer time, or tell a friend, there are plenty of ways you can help TASK make a difference. Find more information at TrentonSoupKitchen.org or contact TASK at 609-695-5456 or send an e-mail to jsteinhauer@TrentonSoupKitchen.org.
PHOTO CAP: A masked and gloved New Jersey First Lady Tammy Murphy volunteers, bagging meals with TASK Associate Director of Operations Paul Jensen. The First Lady’s visit came as the soup kitchen began to serve meals to-go immediately after closing its dining room to help with efforts to stem the spread of COVID-19.