United Way of Greater Mercer County Champions Summer Hunger Relief
For Immediate Release
June 22, 2017
Name: Sandra Toussaint
Title: President & CEO
Phone: (609) 896-1912
LAWRENCEVILLE, NJ; June 22, 2017- This summer, United Way of Greater Mercer County (UWGMC) has developed a three prong approach to impact summer hunger in Mercer County. First, UWGMC has partnered with ten community agencies in Mercer County to expand the focus on summer hunger. These agencies have collectively been awarded $75,000 to purchase additional food to stock their pantries for the upcoming summer months. The goal is to assist more children, families, and other vulnerable individuals to help prevent hunger over the summer. Arm In Arm, Catholic Charities, Mt. Carmel Guild, RISE, and HomeFront have pantries that serve children, families and individuals across the county. Trenton Area Soup Kitchen serves lunch and dinner across the county with partners at churches and other organizations in addition to their own facilities. Jewish Family & Children’s Service and Meals on Wheels assist senior citizens and homebound individuals with meals. Rescue Mission of Trenton serves breakfast and dinner to individuals experiencing homelessness. According to Mercer Street Friends Food Bank they “channel 2.7 million pounds of food and groceries annually to a network of 80 local food pantries, shelters, soup kitchens, meal sites, schools, senior and disabled programs and low-income housing sites.”
Secondly, UWGMC’s third annual Strike Out Hunger event takes place on Tuesday, June 27th, where all are invited to pack 200,000 bowls of oatmeal. Our partner, Mercer Street Friends Food Bank will then stock pantries across the county. Those pantries in turn will provide meals and groceries to families in need. Local pantries are in need of food for the summer months when the demand is higher and the supply is low. To participate in this event, please register by noon on Friday at https://www.uwgmc.org/strike-out-hunger-June-27-2017.
Thirdly, UWGMC partnered with Advocates for Children of New Jersey, City of Trenton, Boys & Girls Club and Trenton YMCA to promote awareness of free Summer Meals for children under 18, which are available in Trenton and Mercer County. Hunger is a year-round issue but becomes more prevalent during the summer months when children no longer have access to free and reduced school lunches, therefore putting a strain on a family’s already-stretched budget. In Mercer County 20,711 students receive free and reduced breakfast and lunch every day in school (9,900 in the City of Trenton). On an average day in July only 1,800 students receive free summer meals.
“We want to make an impact on hunger in our county by creating awareness of the food insecurity issue and engaging our community partners to help put a dent in alleviating summer hunger,” stated Sandra Toussaint, President & CEO of United Way of Greater Mercer County.
About United Way of Greater Mercer County:
We empower the community to take a leading role in helping achieve personal and family self-sufficiency. We focus on early child literacy, economic stability and mobility, and health prevention and management, which we believe are the fundamental building blocks for a good quality of life. We believe in accountability to our donors, partners and the community at large, which is a key to our success.