TASK Suspends Volunteer and Outreach Activities but Will Continue to Serve Meals

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Dear Friends of TASK,

We continue to closely monitor the developments surrounding the COVID-19 “CORONAVIRUS” daily, as we do with any unusual event that affects our family of patrons and supporters.  As always, the safety and well-being of those we serve, our staff and the people who make our work possible is of the greatest importance to our organization.  

Regrettably, out of an abundance of caution, we are suspending volunteer activities effective Monday, March 16 until further notice.  We will make a decision about re-opening our doors to volunteers based on future guidance from experts and public health officials.

THANKS TO TASK’S DEDICATED STAFF TASK WILL PROVIDE MEALS FROM OUR SIDE DOORS, AS OUR DINING ROOM WILL BE CLOSED. IF YOU ARE IN NEED WE ARE LOCATED AT 72 ½ Escher Street in Trenton.

First and foremost, since the announcement of this unfortunate global health emergency, TASK’s staff has adjusted operations and increased cleaning and sanitation frequency to maintain a healthy environment – maintenance includes detailed cleanings of high-touch surfaces (doors, door handle, chairs, etc.) high traffic rooms and communal spaces including our dining room and volunteer areas. 

Please rest assured that we are being vigilant of ongoing updates and are following best practices in conjunction with recommendations from Centers for Disease Control (CDC), State of NJ Department of Health (NJDOH), the City of Trenton and our non-profit partners throughout Mercer County.

Public health experts attest, a key component to slowing the spread of COVID-19 “CORONAVIRUS” is to avoid large gatherings, especially those that include vulnerable populations. For this reason, we will also cease our outreach events and self-sufficiency programs until further notice. We’re terribly sorry for any inconvenience.

This was not an easy decision for us. We hope that our proactive determination to suspend volunteer and outreach events will ultimately help the overall well-being of our shared community.

In the meantime, please continue to wash your hands thoroughly – 20 seconds minimum, cover your mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing, use anti-bacterial wipes when traveling and/or working in shared spaces if possible, and to stay home when sick or experiencing flu-like symptoms.

In our nearly 40 years of service, TASK has never turned away anyone who has come to us for a meal and we have no intention of breaking this tradition now.  

Again, we will continue to closely monitor these developments and provide additional updates to you and our TASK family. For future updates please visit  www.TrentonSoupKitchen.org or https://www.facebook.com/TASKSoupKitchen/.

Please feel free to email at executivedirector@trentonsoupkitchen.org if you have any questions.

Yours in Service,

Joyce E. Campbell
Executive Director
Trenton Area Soup Kitchen

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