Author Archives: TASK Soup Kitchen

Studio 51’s First Silent Auction Features TASK A-Team

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 […]

It’s Census PUSH Week – TASK Joins Nationwide Effort to Ensure Vulnerable Trenton Populations are Counted During 2020 U.S. Census

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, […]

National Grant Helps TASK put Culinary Job Training Initiative Back on Track

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 Joins Mercer Street Friends Food Bank and Two Trenton Public Schools to Fight Hunger in Vulnerable Communities

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 […]

Amazon Grant Helps TASK Provide Clothing for Patrons Amid Pandemic Shortage

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 […]

Happy Independence Day from TASK – Message from Executive Director

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 […]

“Keeping Food on the Table”- An Overview of the Partnerships that Make it Possible to Meet the Growing Need for Food in Mercer County

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 […]

Hand Hygiene Helps in Effort to Prevent Spread of COVID-19 in Trenton

Public handwashing stations are popping up in cities all over the country, and Trenton is one of them. With the outbreak of COVID-19 in the United States, hand hygiene was immediately identified by the nation’s top health advisors as one of the simplest, yet most effective ways to stem the spread of the disease. But […]

TASK’s Adult Education and Work Preparedness (AEWP) Program Now Offering Distance Learning Opportunities to Students

Adult Education and Work Preparedness Program (AEWP) Coordinator, Calmia “Mia” Hart, received little notice that TASK would suspend all use of its main dining room on March 16 –  the same space where adult education students meet with volunteers for tutoring sessions between meal service throughout the week. Determined to avoid gaps in their learning, her first response was to send each student home with enough books, school supplies and lesson plans to hold them over in […]

TASK’s Side Door Becomes Vital Hub During Pandemic

The side door at the Trenton Area Soup Kitchen is not much to look at. Before the COVID-19 pandemic, its primary use was as an entry/exit and the place for patrons to go when they missed the sit-down meal service. But since the pandemic and its restrictions took hold in the Mercer County region , […]