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In Plain Sight: The Story of TASK
By LEE SEGLEM, Member of TASK Board of Trustees
"When I started volunteering at the soup kitchen eight years ago, my little world there was all about chopping onions, stocking shelves, serving food – basically showing up a couple of hours a week, then heading home, good deed done. I never imagined it would take over my life, never saw it coming. But that’s the way it is with TASK. The place has a very peculiar but determined way of getting inside your head, and in my case – I’m a writer – that could only mean one thing over time: a book. The result is IN PLAIN SIGHT – The Story of TASK, published by iUniverse, Inc.
"What I’ve tried to do is put a human face on one corner of a vast and thriving 21st century enterprise called hunger that many people don’t think about but should. I tell the story of the people who struggle with it every day – the patrons, the workers, the volunteers – on the streets of the capital city of one of the wealthiest states in the nation. TASK, of course, is more than just a soup kitchen; it is also an outpost of education and enrichment smack in the middle of a tenuous battle against the underlying causes of poverty, and I wanted to tell that story, too.
"There’s a lot of me in IN PLAIN SIGHT as well, and I’m afraid that couldn’t be helped because, as I write in the book, 'Trenton is where I learned about hunger, where it became personal for me, where it shed a thick hide of abstraction and touched my life, if only from the outside looking in. It is also where I learned something else: that the kindness of strangers can make a difference, even against a scourge that lingers in plain sight and never goes away. More than anything, this is really just a simple story about everyday people, people who need help and people who are fighting a holding action to meet that need. Fortunately, and unfortunately, that fight goes on.'”
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).
All proceeds go to TASK.
You can purchase books online with PayPal or a credit card by using the following form:
Or you can send a check made out to TASK to:
Trenton, NJ 08605
Attn: Jaime Parker
Please include your name and mailing address and a note that you would like to receive one or more copies of "In Plain Sight - The Story of TASK".
For more information, please contact Jaime Parker by email or phone at (609) 695-5456 ext.105.