In March when New Jersey began implementing measures to slow the spread of the coronavirus, 92-year-old Evelyn Kassus sheltered in place. Up until then, the Princeton resident was active. She belonged to a knitting group, volunteered in the community and did her own food shopping to supplement the weekly meals she received from the Trenton […]

Trenton Mayor Reed Gusciora presented TASK Executive Director Joyce E. Campbell with an official Proclamation from the City of Trenton, marking the second Thursday in September as Hunger Action Day in the city. For the second consecutive year, Gusciora joined the TASK in recognizing the day earmarked for hunger awareness. Hunger Action Day is part […]

Next month kicks off Hunger Action Month and for the third year in a row, TASK will join anti-hunger advocates nationwide, spotlighting the chronic struggle millions of Americans have with food access. Created in 2008 by Feeding America, the largest US-based hunger-relief, advocacy and education organization, Hunger Action Month is dedicated to encouraging everyone to effectively implement ways to […]

At a glance, Ethel Mack’s Colors of Love, one of her many drawings in pencil, is a vibrant menagerie of symbolism, shapes and angles stretching to the four corners of her canvas. Swirls of acidic green and blue mingle with triangles in pale yellow, red hot orange, violet, and bold slashes of black in a […]

From the onset of COVID-19, TASK has strived to meet the urgent need for food and other essential social services in Mercer County. Between a steep increase in food production, satellite meal service expansion and the launch of its new distance education model, it appears the soup kitchen staff are completely occupied these days. Yet, […]

Emilio’s Culinary Academy,  the 12-week culinary training program TASK put on the back burner after the coronavirus hit New Jersey, has relaunched thanks to grant from Catalyst Kitchen, a national initiative established to help grow food-service job training across the U.S. The funds are part of Catalyst Kitchen’s $1 million fund-raising effort to fight the […]

TASK has partnered with Mercer Street Friends Food Bank (MSF) to distribute meals from two new summer satellite sites in Trenton, NJ: Gregory Elementary School and Luis Munoz-Rivera Community Middle School.  The initiative offers TASK an opportunity to fight hunger in a deeper way. Both sites are among many locations distributing free summer meals to students through the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP). TASK will […]

As the US enters its fifth month of grappling with the COVID-19 pandemic, shortages have become a part of life. While things are little better, there are still a lot fewer packages of toilet paper in the supermarket aisle these days. Donated clothing, oddly enough, is in short supply too. At least that is what TASK patrons are experiencing when they make the rounds […]

Dear Friends of TASK, As the Fourth of July holiday is upon us, I find myself reflecting on the meaning of the day and what has recently transpired in our country, our state and at TASK in the last four months. A few weeks ago, I was a panelist on a discussion sponsored by New Jersey […]

TASK has always relied on a network of organizations throughout the region to help it get patrons whatever they need. The soup kitchen has over 200 partnerships and in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic those relationships have never been more important to literally keeping food on the table and services up and running for the thousands of people TASK serves. From the day the soup kitchen suspended […]