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“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 , […]

Saving Money and Saving Time – Teaming Up with Soup Kitchen 411 to Meet Growing Need for Meals in Mercer County

If you follow TASK on social media, you may have heard of Soup Kitchen 411. They are one of TASK’s newest meal service partners and lately they’ve been working double time to connect soup kitchens to generous restaurants with a desire to donate meals to communities during a time when access to food matters most. […]

Meet “Betsy”- The Newest Addition to TASK’s Team

It is 6AM in the morning, and TASK’s kitchen staff has already begun preparing meals to be distributed at TASK and other locations across the city. It is a routine they have had for years, but over the past few months it has been more intense. Currently, TASK is serving nearly 2,000 meals each day […]

Celebrating Nearly Twenty Years of Partnership

Food is at the heart of what we do at TASK. But serving thousands of meals in and around Trenton is no easy job. So, as the saying goes, it takes a village, and at TASK our partnerships with local agencies and community organizations are vital to carrying out our commitment to provide meals to […]

Talk to Us, We Will Listen: TASK Continues to Give Patrons a Voice Despite Pandemic-Related Challenges

Poverty can steal a voice. So often, the people who need services most are never asked what they want. Unfortunately, sometimes people on the outside looking in, assume they can prescribe a solution without truly listening to the person in need. In a recent survey, patrons told TASK in their own words what they need […]

May is National Pet Month – A Time to Appreciate Our “Fur-Babies”

MAY IS NATIONAL PET MONTH, so we thought we’d share photos and a quick tale about how pets make our lives better and visa-versa. So, let me tell you a little bit about my dog Starr; she’s a talker. I cringe every time she barks during a Zoom work meeting. With so many people working from […]

“Notes from the Front Lines”- A Message from Jaime Parker, Manager of Programs and Services

Dear TASK Family and Friends: One of the toughest things about this pandemic has been the absence of being able to really have the in-depth interactions with patrons that we used to have – sharing conversations with folks over meals, tutoring sessions, meetings, classes, etc.  I mean, we feel honored that we are able to […]