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Frequently Asked Questions

Q. Where is TASK?

A. TASK is located at 72-1/2 Escher Street. Directions to TASK are here.

A satellite operates out of the First Baptist Church of Trenton, located at the corner of Bridge and Centre Streets. Directions to First Baptist are here.- Another satellite serves from The Divine Mercy Parish at 60 Randall Ave. Directions are here. Both are members of the South Trenton Soup Kitchen (STSK).

Q. Are you open Saturday or Sunday?

A. No, TASK is a Monday through Friday operation and is closed both Saturday and Sunday. However, there are many volunteer activities that you can do even when TASK is closed. Please check this list.

Q. When is TASK open?

A. Monday through Thursday from 9AM to 5:30PM and Friday from 9AM to 2PM, but we accept deliveries Monday through Thursday from 8:30AM to 5PM and Friday from 8:30AM to 1PM. TASK is closed Saturday and Sunday.

Q. Is the Soup Kitchen open during school holidays, especially Christmas and Thanksgiving?

A. TASK is open every Monday through Friday regardless of whether it's a holiday or not. We're closed on Saturday and Sunday.

Q. When does TASK serve meals?

A. TASK serves free meals Monday through Friday from 10:30AM to 1PM and Monday through Thursday from 3:30PM to 5:30PM. Everyone is welcome.

First Baptist (see above) serves Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday from 5:00 to 6:30 PM while Divine Mercy serves on Thursday from 5:00 to 6:30 PM.

Q. I'd like to volunteer. Can I just show up or do I have to schedule?

A. Because of the numbers of people who volunteer on a regular basis, we require advanced scheduling for individuals and groups. Please contact our Volunteer Coordinator via email. Please tell them how many people you would like to bring; whether you prefer mid-day or dinner at TASK; First Baptist or Divine Mercy; and your telephone number. Volunteer hours are Monday through Friday from 10 AM to 1 PM, and Monday through Thursday from 3 to 5:30 PM. You can arrive as late as 3:20 PM for the dinner.

At First Baptist, we need volunteers Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday from 4:30 to 6:30 PM. We also need volunteers at Divine Mercy on Thursdays from 4:30 to 6:30 PM. Serving volunteers must be 13 or older.

Q. I'd like to give of my time to TASK but I'm not sure what I can do. Do you have a list of possible volunteer activities?

A. Yes we do. Please look here.

Q. Can I volunteer just once or do I have to commit to a schedule?

A. We're happy to have you as often as you can come, but you do not have to commit to a schedule, although that makes things easier for us. Please contact our Volunteer Coordinator via email each time you would like to volunteer and we'll try to fit you in.

Q. I represent a group of people who would like to volunteer during a meal. How do I go about scheduling them?

A. Please contact our Volunteer Coordinator via email and tell him how many people you would like to bring; whether you prefer mid-day or dinner at TASK; First Baptist or Divine Mercy; and your telephone number. Volunteer hours at Escher St. are Monday through Friday from 10 AM to 1 PM, and Monday through Thursday from 3 to 5:30 PM. You can arrive as late as 3:20 PM for the dinner.

At First Baptist, we need volunteers Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday from 4:30 to 6:30 PM. We also need volunteers at Divine Mercy on Thursdays from 4:30 to 6:30 PM. Serving volunteers must be 13 or older.

Q. I'd like to volunteer during a meal. What times do you need volunteers for that?

A. Monday through Friday from 10 AM to 1 PM, and Monday through Thursday from 3 to 5:30 PM. You can arrive as late as 3:20 PM for the dinner.

At First Bapatist, we need volunteers Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday from 4:30 to 6:30 PM. We also need volunteers at Divine Mercy on Thursdays from 4:30 to 6:30 PM. Serving volunteers must be 13 or older.

Q. What can I volunteer for besides meal-time activities?

A. Here is a description of all of our on-site volunteer activities.

Q. What shall I wear when I come to TASK?

A. Please wear comfortable shoes and clothing that can get dirty. Jeans are fine but avoid tank tops, open-toed shoes, "belly shirts", short shorts, etc. We provide aprons, hair coverings and sanitary gloves for people working with food.

Q. Do you have parking available?

A. Yes. You can leave your car in our lot, space permitting, or on the street. Leave your valuables at home and make sure that nothing can be seen through your car windows. Please do not stash items under the seats or leave them in your trunk. For your comfort, we have a police officer who periodically patrols the parking area.

Q. Is there a way to get to TASK via public transportation?

A. There are busses and trains to Trenton but we strongly advise against volunteers walking to TASK from the bus or train.

Q. What do I do when I get to TASK?

A. Before you come to TASK, please read this. At TASK, go in the front door. If the door is locked, please ring the bell located on your right and state that you are a volunteer. Our receptionist is at a desk on the right as you enter the dining room. Tell her you're here to volunteer and she'll direct you.

Q. What do I do when I get to STSK?

A. Before you come to STSK, please read this. At STSK, ask for the floor manager.

Q. Can I bring my children when I come to volunteer?

A. Children 13 years and older are welcome. During Trenton school holidays, we run Kids Day Off when we can use volunteers under the age of 13 when accompanied by an adult.

Q. Do you have baby-sitting services for children under 13?

A. No, we do not.

Q. My child needs to do some sort of community service. What is available?

A. Please read this page.

Q. Can I do my court-ordered community service at TASK?

A. Please read this page.

Q. Do you provide transportation to TASK for volunteers?

A. No. Volunteers provide their own transportation.

Q. I have some food I'd like to donate. How do I go about doing that?

A. We can accept any non-perishable food except for items in glass containers. Please drop them off Monday through Thursday from 8AM to 5PM and Friday from 8AM to 1PM.

Q. I'd like to wrap flatware. Do you provide it or shall I purchase it?

A. If you could purchase it, that would be wonderful. Otherwise you can pick up the supplies (in quantities of 1000) at TASK and deliver them when you're done. Wrap plastic fork, knife & spoon in a napkin and close with a bag tie, a rubber band or a ribbon.  Be sure the part of the utensil that goes into the mouth is covered with the napkin. If you use a ribbon, please make it easy to untie. We can use as many as you can make. Please drop them off Monday through Thursday from 8AM to 5PM and Friday from 8AM to 1PM.

Q. I have some things to donate. When can I bring them?

A. Items can be dropped off Monday through Thursday between 8AM and 5PM, and Friday between 8AM and 1PM. NOTE: Bag lunches must arrive before 10 AM on Friday. We share a driveway with the Trenton Animal Shelter. Use that driveway and go to the double doors on your right. Ring the bell and someone will come to help you. Please do not leave items at TASK when no one is here.

Q. What is "Adopt-A-Day"?

A. Detailed information is here.

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