On January 13th, Trenton Area Soup Kitchen (TASK) marked its 40th anniversary.
From serving butter sandwiches as its first meal in a church basement to serving more than 8,000 meals freshly-prepared each week at its Escher Street dining room at more than 30 meal sites across the area, TASK has evolved and grown to meet the ever-changing needs of the community.
Always “food first,” TASK has also expanded its suite of wraparound services – including case management, peer recovery, adult education, job search and creative arts classes – to help patrons improve their quality of life on the path to self-sufficiency.
Now, with this major milestone in its view, TASK has had an opportunity to reflect on where it’s been and where it’s going. Now more than ever, TASK embodies what one community organizer labeled “a triumph of community.”
Said Paul Jensen, Associate Executive Director of Operations, “What we thought our capacity was, wasn’t. We can do more. ‘No’ is not an option.”
Joyce Campbell, Executive Director, said the lessons learned during the pandemic are informing TASK’s plans to address a historic hunger crisis expected to last well beyond COVID-19’s immediate impact. With inflation, supply chain issues and emerging variants, the need has increased.
In early 2022, TASK is planning a kitchen renovation that will support its dramatically increased meal service program and provide additional space for its culinary training program. TASK will continue to be laser focused on boosting productivity, inspired by what the organization has accomplished over the last few years and the overwhelming support of the community.
For more information visit www.TrentonSoupKitchen.org and follow TASK on social media at @TASKSoupKitchen.
PHOTO CAP: A patron dines at TASK’s Escher Street dining room on Christmas Eve.