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For many years, the Trenton Area Soup Kitchen (TASK) has been working hard to reduce its carbon footprint and impact on the environment. Recently, we have established another way to do that, and there are plans for two more initiatives.  

As part of our 2015 sustainability plan, for our Meal Service, TASK has converted from using polystyrene products, which are not biodegradable and becoming more and more difficult to recycle, to using biodegradable cups and compostable food trays.

“It’s always important to be conscious of your environmental impact, especially when your kitchen produces more than 800 meals each day,” explains Paul Jensen, Manager of Kitchen and Food Services. “Commercial kitchens can create a lot of waste, so, as much as we want to deliver quality healthy meals to our patrons, we also want to make sure we prepare our food in the most environmentally sustainable way possible.”

Another effort to become even more environmentally sustainable is our plan to transform the property that lies behind TASK into Trenton’s first “urban farm.” Along with our coalition of community organizations and public agencies, the project will provide a local source of fresh food along with educational and employment opportunities for Trenton City residents.

“The productive, environmentally sound use of this land has been up for discussion for a while, and we’re extremely excited about the new opportunity,” explains Dennis Micai, TASK Executive Director. “The majority of the families and individuals we serve don’t have access to fresh food on a regular basis. For many, coming to TASK is their only source of nutrition. Having a farm in our back yard will benefit our patrons immensely and will also allow us to do some other exciting things, such as composting food waste and conserving water.”

TASK is also exploring participating in a local food waste program that will help convert TASK’s kitchen waste to compost.

If you’d like more information about these exciting projects, contact J Steinhauer, Community Relations Coordinator, at (609) 695‐5456 ext. 108 or

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