MOBILE FOOD PANTRY

We know in the greater Mercer County area, there is hunger. There are community members looking for a food pantry or food bank near them…and sometimes, even when the resources are available, there are significant obstacles to accessing these locations. The JFCS Mobile Food Pantry delivers the same healthy-choice experience as our brick-and-mortar pantry, directly into communities in need.

People don’t think about the fact that Princeton is a community of great wealth, but that we have an entire population of people who need support. And if you can say that about Princeton, you can say that about every community in Mercer County.

Marygrace Billek

Director, Human Services, Mercer County

Why a Mobile Food Pantry?

Transportation Barriers

Public transportation options to existing food banks and food pantries are limited, especially for those located in the suburban regions of Mercer County including West Windsor, East Windsor, Princeton, Hightstown and Lawrenceville.

Accessibility Obstacles

A growing number of seniors in NJ are hungry, and limitations in physical mobility often prevent seniors from getting to supermarkets for healthy & fresh food.

Financial Limitations

In Mercer County, 33% of individuals who face food insecurity – lacking consistent access to healthy, nutritious food to sustain a full and active life –  do not qualify for government assistance AND low-cost food options available at convenience stores, most accessible to populations in need, often lack varied, nutrient-rich options.

Distribution Stops

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JFCS collaborates with community partners to identify the locations that will provide the greatest impact to those in need. By partnering with other community agencies, we can assess for additional needs and utilize the expertise of our other service lines including mental health counseling, case management, and senior support.  The JFCS Mobile Food Pantry makes about 26 regular stops each month in addition to special distributions throughout the year. This list continues to grow…

A Better Way NJ (Trenton, NJ)

Architects Building (Trenton, NJ)

Better Beginnings Child Development Center (Hightstown, NJ)

Capital Area YMCA (Trenton, NJ)

Carteret Arms (Trenton, NJ)

Cornerstone Community Kitchen (Princeton, NJ)

Dress for Success Central NJ (Lawrenceville, NJ)

East Windsor Regional School District (Ethel McKnight Elementary School, Melvin H. Kreps Middle School)

Eastgate Apartments (Trenton, NJ)

Every Child Valued at Eggerts Crossing Village (Lawrenceville, NJ)

First Baptist Church (Hightstown, NJ)

First Presbyterian Church (Hightstown, NJ)

Holy Apostles Episcopal Church (Yardville, NJ)

J Connor French Towers (Trenton, NJ)

Kosher Cafe (Lawrenceville, NJ)

Morrisville United Methodist Church (Morrisville, PA)

New Jersey YMCA State Alliance (Trenton, NJ)

Panther Pantry at the Paul Robeson Charter School for the Humanities (Trenton, NJ)

Princeton Community Housing (Elm Court, Grigg’s Farm, Harriet Bryan House, Princeton Community Village)

Princeton Housing Authority (Redding Circle, Spruce Circle)

Princeton Public Schools (Community Park School)

Project Freedom (Locations in Hamilton, Lawrenceville, Robbinsville, & West Windsor NJ)

Princeton YMCA (Princeton, NJ)

Puerto Rican Community Center (Trenton, NJ)

Rowan Towers (Trenton, NJ)

Trent Center East & West (Trenton, NJ)

Westminster Presbyterian Church (Trenton, NJ)

West Windsor Plainsboro School District (Community Middle School, Millstone River School, Town Center Elementary School, West Windsor-Plainsboro High School North)

Wheaton Point (East Windsor, NJ)

Interested in becoming a Mobile Food Pantry distribution partner?

Contact Beth Englezos at BethE@jfcsonline.org or 609-987-8100 Ext 126.

This week was extremely difficult for the world as a whole, but the healing power of food and your generosity makes moving forward so much easier for our community. What you are doing is directly impacting the community and together we are doing the work. Thank you again and again for help!

Taylor Block

Panther Pantry, Paul Robeson Charter School for the Humanities

Opportunities to Support the Mobile Pantry

The COVID-19 pandemic has dramatically impacted the need for food across Mercer County. According to Feeding America, this year the food insecurity rate in Mercer County is expected to increase by 53% compared to 2018.

While we are not able to offer volunteer opportunities at this time for the Mobile Food Pantry, we are looking for sustaining partners who can help us continue to meet the growing need in our community.

Looking to make an impact? For $2,500 you, your family, a group of friends, or your company can sponsor one stop of the truck. This donation fills the truck for a distribution site AND you will have the opportunity to “staff the truck” at the site. Your name and/or logo will be featured on the truck the day of the sponsored stop.

Want to make a BIG impact and keep the truck on the road all year?

Annual truck sponsorships are available starting at $5,000. Contributions at $5,000+ will include your name and/or logo on the truck for one year as well as recognition on JFCS web and printed materials. To learn more about our comprehensive sponsor options, contact Helaine Isaacs at helainei@jfcsonline.org or 609-987-8100 Ext 104.

I am personally really looking forward to the day when I’m driving down the street and the truck passes me…seeing all of these names, and knowing that truck is out on a mission to serve those in the community who are in great need. And it’s a real privilege to be a part of that.

Matthew Furner

President, North America (NAM), Firmenich (Founding Sponsor, Mobile Food Pantry)

SUPPORTERS KEEPING OUR MOBILE FOOD PANTRY PROGRAM ROLLING

Fran and Larry Sucharow Philanthropic Fund at the Jewish Community Foundation of Greater Mercer*

JFCS Women’s Alliance

The Corella and Bertram F. Bonner Foundation
Bristol Myers Squibb
The Freedman Family
Patty & Adolt Herst
Northfield Bank
Novo Nordisk
Shoprite

NJM Insurance Group

NRG Energy

The Persky Family

PJ’s Pancake House

Phlaxy and Howard Rosenman

Smukler Fund at Jewish Community Foundation of Greater Mercer

Founding Sponsors listed in BOLD