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The Trenton Area Soup Kitchen (TASK) feeds those who are hungry in the Trenton area and offers programs to encourage self-sufficiency and improve the quality of life of its patrons.

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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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Ernie White Band

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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Ernie White Band

Ernie White Band & Friends Host 2014 Holiday Concert to Benefit Trenton Area Soup Kitchen (TASK)

On Sunday, December 21st at 7pm at The Grand Ballroom in the Princeton Manor (formerly Cedar Gardens), The Ernie White Band & Friends will host its 15th Holiday Benefit Concert.

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Adopt A Family

Help Continue TASK's Holiday Traditions

Each year TASK tries to give winter gifts to all our patrons.

As the weather starts to turn, we are requesting winter gift items and hygiene products to help keep our Mercer County neighbors warm during the holiday season.

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Harvest & Music Festival

Thanksgiving Items Needed

In addition to the hot dinners we serve at TASK for the Thanksgiving holiday, each year we distribute Thanksgiving baskets to over 60 different families.

Your support of TASK’s Annual Thanksgiving Drive will help make a fulfilling holiday possible for many of our neighbors.

The following items are still needed in order to prepare Thanksgiving meals and baskets:

  1. 10-14 lbs. Turkeys
  2. Turkey Gravy
  3. Vegetables (canned or fresh)*
  4. Yams (canned or fresh)*
  5. Juice
  6. Apples
  7. Oranges
  8. Cornbread
  9. 10” Pies (Pumpkin, Sweet Potato, Apple, etc.)
  10. Aluminum Pans
  11. Cranberry Sauce
  12. Stuffing
  13. Boxed Mashed Potatoes
  14. Macaroni and Cheese
  15. Oven bags
  16. Bags of Marshmallows
  17. Big Plastic Bins for Food

TASK is accepting Thanksgiving donations until Wednesday, November 19th.

*If you are planning to donate fresh produce, please bring your donation on November 19th or 20th.

For more information on how to sign up and donate any, or all of these items, please contact Nakieba Jackson at (609) 695-5456 ext. 104 or Nakiebaj@trentonsoupkitchen.org.

Adopt A Family

Make This Holiday Season Special and Adopt A-Family

The Trenton Area Soup Kitchen (TASK) Adopt-a-Family Program is just one of our organization's many holiday traditions.

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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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NJM to Donate $50 to Trenton Area Soup Kitchen (TASK) for Every Trenton Thunder Run Scored

For the 2014 Trenton Thunder Baseball Season, NJM Insurance Group has partnered with Trenton Area Soup Kitchen (TASK) to strike out hunger.

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TASK's new blog

ATTENTION: CALLING ALL TEENAGE VOLUNTEERS!

The Teens4TASK is looking for diverse students from different schools around the area, who are dedicated to supporting TASK through programs and initiatives focused on educating more youth about the Trenton Area Soup Kitchen.

If this sounds like you, click here for the application. Applications are due April 25, 2014.

Click here for more information about Teens4TASK

Questions? Contact teens4task@trentonsoupkitchen.org.

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 is Changing Lives

A Rafter of Turkeys Run in Mercer County Turkey Trot

On Thanksgiving day, at Mercer County Park, before cooking dinner, more than 400 participants ages 4 to 83 trotted in the first-ever Mercer County Turkey Trot 5K run/walk race. The event raised $13,000 for the Trenton Area Soup Kitchen (TASK) and other local hunger organizations.

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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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Renovation of outside benches

Complete renovation of TASK's outside benches, tables, & flowers planted by Girl Scout!

In the month of September 2013, a junior from West Plainsboro High School South took on the good deed of constructing new benches, tables, planting flowers, and bringing pumpkins for the autumn season for our patrons to enjoy at TASK. Harshitha Gadangi, from Girl Scout troop 70207, worked with a collective team of friends, parents, project advisor & Girl Scout troop leader, employees from Merck Pharmaceutical & AAA, to put this project together.

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NJ SNAP

Change in NJ SNAP "Food Stamp" Program Concern Local Hunger Organizations

Bad news is on the horizon for nearly 1 million New Jerseyans who participate in the federal food assistance program known as SNAP (formerly called food stamps). The low-income families and individuals, about half of which are children, will see a cut in benefits November 1, 2013, when a temporary boost to the program expires. The result is that for a family of three SNAP benefits will drop by $29 a month a serious loss for struggling families whose benefits, after this cut, will average less than $1.40 per meal.

SNAP is important because it helps people when they need help. During this recession, more than 47 million Americans are relying on the program for the most basic necessity: food. Nearly 72% of SNAP participants are in families with children, more than one-quarter are in households with senior citizens or people with disabilities and many are working in low-paying jobs.

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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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Teens for TASK Board

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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Feder family

Volunteer Family's Kids Grow Produce for TASK

Thanks to the Feder family for setting up a mini-farm this summer to grow produce to share with TASK! The boys are excited to harvest the bounty and share.

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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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Thanksgiving baskets

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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Joe

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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Hopewell Valley Baseball and Softball Association

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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H2H Group

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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TASK Cookbook

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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