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Mercer County Turkey Trot

Fourth Annual Mercer County Turkey Trot

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The Fourth Annual Mercer County Turkey Trot — a 5K race and a 1-mile walk on Thanksgiving morning in Mercer County Park — will take place Thursday, November 24, 2016. The 5K race kicks off at 8:30 a.m. from the West Picnic area. The walk/fun run will start immediately after the 5K run has started. More information about parking and the race course will be available as we get closer to the race day. Please visit the website http://www.mercercountyturkeytrot.com/ for more information and keep abreast of what’s new on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MercerCountyTurkeyTrot/

The event is organized by a committee of Mercer County residents, which will oversee the donation of the net proceeds from the event to local food pantries. If you or your organization is interested in supporting the Mercer County Turkey Trot, please contact MercerTurkeyTrot@gmail.com.

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Joyce Campbell

Joyce Campbell Named Next Executive Director of Trenton Area Soup Kitchen (TASK)

After an extensive search, the Trenton Area Soup Kitchen (TASK) selects Joyce Campbell, Catholic Charities Associate Executive Director for External Affairs, to succeed TASK Executive Director Dennis Micai, who will retire Aug. 1, 2016. Campbell enters TASK with more than 30 years of nonprofit experience and a strong record of collaborating with nonprofits and community and government organizations to advocate for resources for the area’s most vulnerable.“After reviewing approximately 90 applicants, we decided on Joyce because of her commitment to our area, broad experience, history of collaboration, and knowledge of nonprofits and government at all levels,” said Jim Parker, TASK Board Chairman.

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Emilio Papa

TASK Trustees honor Emilio Papa at Geltzer Family Foundation event

Members of the Trenton Area Soup Kitchen (TASK) Board of Trustees and guests gathered at McCarter Theatre for their annual get-together Feb. 19th, hosted by Board member David Geltzer, his wife Leslee, and the Geltzer Family Foundation.

After breaking bread together and a warm welcome by TASK Executive Director Dennis Micai, they watched “Triumph of Community,” a video by Board Chair Jim Parker that tells the inspiring story of Rayon Cauthen, one of TASK’s GED and ServSafe graduates.

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Adult Education Graduates

TASK Celebrates Adult Education Graduates

On a recent festive night, graduates of TASK's Adult Education and ServSafe programs were honored by staff, family and friends, as they received their high school diploma or professional certificate!

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Ernie White

TASK's SHARE Project Release Second Video "Life As We Know It"

Stunningly captured on black-and-white film, watch as bold local artists of the Trenton Area Soup Kitchen (TASK) take the mic to deliver a series of original spoken word poems in "Life As We Know It."

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Ernie White

Ernie White's "A Life in Music" and new CD release Concert

Join us on Saturday, August 1, 8:00pm and/or Sunday, August 2, 2:00 at Kelsey Theater in West Windsor for Ernie White's "A Life in Music" Concert. Proceeds from this event will in part benefit the Trenton Area Soup Kitchen (TASK). As a special gift, any donation of $10 or more received by July 18th will receive a FREE advanced copy of Ernie's "Coming of Age" CD. Donate today!

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Trenton Food Banks See Significant Increase in Demand

The Trenton Area Soup Kitchen (TASK) meal count has increased approximately 15% over the past six months. Below is story by NJTV highlighting TASK and the growing issue of hunger in our community.

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TASK featured on Comcast Newsmakers

On August 4, 2014, TASK Executive Director, Dennis Micai, sat down and spoke with Host, Jill Horner of Comcast Newsmakers, about the services and programs TASK offers the Trenton community.

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Tuchman Family Endowment to TASK on Behalf of Herb Tuchman

In 2013, the Tuchman family gave an endowment gift to honor, family member Herbert Tuchman. The interest from the gift will be used on an annual basis to fund TASK’s meal service program each year on May 14th.

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TASK's new blog

Desperately Seeking Sanity: Written by Mary Ann Dunn

Just recently, TASK launched a new blog site entitled, Stories of a Soup Kitchen. The blog features first person stories from patrons, staff and volunteers and articulates a perspective on life that is often unheard by the rest of the world.

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TASK's new blog

TASK Launches New Blog: Stories of a Soup Kitchen

The Trenton Area Soup Kitchen (TASK) has just published its first blog site, "Stories of a Soup Kitchen". This blog is composed of first person stories from patrons who have used our services, as well as the staff and volunteers of TASK. Soup kitchen patrons offer a perspective on life that is often unheard by the rest of the world. This blog serves to give them a voice in the conversation. At TASK, we get to see the beautiful along with the ugly and it is impossible to walk away unchanged. We want to share some of these stories with you.

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TASK is Changing Lives

TASK is Changing Lives and It Feels Great!

TASK is changing lives and it feels great! Make sure you see our newest video from our friends at Riverview Studios. You're going to love it!

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Barry Family Endowment to TASK on behalf of Grandmother Namagiri Ammal

On Friday, November 29th the Barry family made an endowment gift to TASK in remembrance of Subha Barry's maternal grandmother, Namagiri Ammal.

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Request for Food Items and Hygiene Products

Request for Food Items and Hygiene Products

Friends and supporters of Trenton Area Soup Kitchen! TASK is currently out of Ramen Noodles, Cup O' Soups, Boxed Lipton Soups, cans of tuna fish, granola bars, crackers and hygiene products.

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Teens for TASK Board

Making a Bequest in Your Will Can Make a Lasting Difference

“It takes a noble person to plant a seed for a tree that will one day provide shade to those whom he may never meet.” - David Trueblood

A powerful way to leave a legacy is by making a bequest gift. By implementing a few small changes to your will, you have the opportunity to have a lasting impact on those who are suffering the pain and indignity of hunger in the Trenton area.

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Princeton Area Community Foundation Supports the Trenton Area Soup Kitchen (TASK)

The Trenton Area Soup Kitchen (TASK) has been awarded a $25,000 grant for operating support from the Princeton Area Community Foundation. This funding will go to support TASK's mission to feed those who are hungry in the Trenton area and offer programs to encourage self-sufficiency and improve the quality of life of its patrons.

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Teens for TASK Board

Do you know a teenager who wants to help the community through service?

TASK is seeking volunteers to join the Teens for TASK Board.

The Teens for TASK Board is a group of diverse students from different schools around the area, dedicated to supporting TASK through programs and initiatives focused among the youth and educating more youth about the Trenton Area Soup Kitchen and its community. The Teens for TASK Board will foster a change in perspective and attitude regarding TASK, its community and the issues of hunger and homelessness.

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Amani tutoring Mary

Volunteers often tell us that their experiences at TASK have a life-changing impact. Our Board and staff agree. The lessons we have learned here are profound and poignant. One volunteer, Amani Ahmed, was able to articulate some of her thoughts in the following essay

The drive from my home to the Trenton Area Soup Kitchen (TASK) is exactly twenty minutes. Twenty minutes and thirteen miles. You might think that with such a small distance, there couldn't possibly be much difference between the two towns. If that statement was your assumption, you'd be wrong.

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Thanksgiving baskets

Welcome to the Emilio Papa Dining Room

When Emilio Papa entered the TASK Dining Room on January 16th, it felt like the red carpet of a Hollywood awards show.The cameras flashed and the video cameras started rolling to capture the joy on the face of our humble honoree.As the FunkTASKtiks played the song "Stand by Me," Emilio made his way down a receiving line of patrons, fellow Board Members, local non-profit leaders, elected officials, neighbors, friends, and family; shaking hands, giving hugs and warmly greeting each individual in the crowd.

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Video: TASK Is Always There For You

As a way of expressing our thanks, we made a short video to show you that your contributions are well-spent and are making a difference in the lives of those we serve. Helping our neighbors is what we do, and it's all possible because of you.

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TASK Success Story Video Series

Riverview Studios is creating a video series of short TASK success stories. The second video in the series tells Joe's story of how he came to TASK to participate in our performing arts program and started studying in our Adult Education Program

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TASK Success Story Video Series

Riverview Studios is creating a series of short TASK success story videos. The first installment, which features Eric, was released this week.

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Tribute to Volunteers

The cornerstone of the Trenton Area Soup Kitchen (TASK) is our volunteers. Our volunteers help prepare and serve meals, stock and maintain our food pantry, and pick up food from the local food bank as well as food donations from area stores.

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Adult Education Program (AEP) weekly writer workshop

This week, the Adult Education Program (AEP) weekly writer workshop chose the topic: "If you won a million dollars and could not use it for your family or yourself, what would you use the money for to help your community?" We received many beautiful responses.

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Share Project

SHARE Project Videos

We've uploaded some videos of our SHARE Project artists performing original poetry and music, including the performance of "Take Away" by Derrick "D9" Branch from the TASK Volunteer Brunch. Watch them on our YouTube Channel.

Food Dontions

We are in need of Food and Hygiene Donations

Delivery hours are Monday through Thursday from 8:00am to 5:00pm and Friday from 8:00am to 1:00pm.

If you have a vegetable garden we would love to have your fresh produce!

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Take Home Dinner Bags

TASK is in need of Take Home Dinner Bags

TASK is in need of "take home dinner bags". These consist of Bumblebee or Starkest tuna salad or chicken salad with crackers, or an individual can of spaghetti or ravioli in sauce; a juice box; dessert; an individual serving of fruit; plastic spoon and a napkin.

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Cookies

TASK recently received this letter from a volunteer:

Trenton Soup Kitchen Staff,

To be honest, I wasn't very sure how I thought or felt about doing my community service hours at the Trenton Soup Kitchen. Not knowing what to expect I went in with a positive attitude and hopes for a new view on life. And I must admit that is exactly what I have left with. The general thoughts I had flew out the window when I was greeted by the staff. Everyone, right off the bat, had the smile and positive attitude that let me know they love their job and they were here to make a difference.

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TASK Cookbook

Former Board Chair Writes Book About TASK

In Plain Sight: The Story of TASK
By LEE SEGLEM

Copies of the hardcover edition of "IN PLAIN SIGHT – The Story of TASK" are available for $25 each, plus shipping and handling ($4 for 1, 2 or 3 books; $8 for 4, 5 or 6 books; $12 for 7, 8 or 9 books; and so on).

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TASK Cookbook

TASK Cookbook has finally arrived

The long awaited TASK Cookbook has finally arrived! It contains mouth-watering recipes from TASK volunteers, supporters, board members, staff , A-TEAM Artists, students, and patrons. In addition to recipes, the book contains beautiful artwork in full color from A-TEAM Artists.

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In my mind this is what America is all about

Esther came to the United States in December of 2005. She is from Liberia, where women do not go to school. She became a student in the TASK Adult Education Program (AEP) in October of 2007. This is her first school. She is still learning how to read and write, but through the AEP writer's weekly workshop, she wrote the following essay with some help from her tutor, Lydia.

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