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This year's annual TASK Volunteer Luncheon took place on Saturday, April 18th, 2009. Our volunteers are truly the backbone of our organization. Every year, over 2,500 individuals come to help sort items in our pantry; prepare and serve a meal; distribute donations of hygiene products, coats & socks to patrons; and tutor in our Adult Education Program, Performing Arts Program, and Computer Classes. The guest speaker for this year's luncheon was Wayne Meisel, President of the Corella & Bertram F. Bonner Foundation. Thank you to Wayne for the inspiring words.
We would not be able to accomplish all that we do without the help of our dedicated volunteers. Please visit our website to view a slideshow of the photos taken at this year's luncheon. (Thank you to Donna Micai for taking these photos). We have also posted the recipe for Jenny’s chicken at www.trentonsoupkitchen.org. It received rave reviews at the luncheon so she agreed to share her secret with you.
Nineteen Bucks County College students have collaborated to produce a series of 30 second TV PSAs to raise awareness of hunger in Trenton, and to support the work of the Trenton Area Soup Kitchen (TASK).
The Bucks students are part of a video field production class being taught at the college by TASK Board Chair Jim Parker. Parker explained, "TASK has been looking for ways to raise public awareness of the needs of the hungry. We are in that perfect storm where we are in a weak economy with increasing unemployment. People are being forced to make hard choices; buy medicine, pay the rent, or put enough food on the table to feed their families. TASK is there to help. We offer a hot, nutritious meal from our Escher Street site and two satellite locations in South Trenton, five days a week, no questions asked, but we need the help of volunteers and contributors to make it happen. TASK depends on the generosity of hundreds of supporters, each of whom, joined together, enable TASK to meet our mission."
Parker says, "We need more people to step up to the plate. Times are tough, so we have to increase our efforts. We needed a way to spread the word and find more supporters. My students responded to that challenge, with the goal of increasing awareness. We shot the footage in HDV video with volunteer actors as a class, and then each student produced their own version of the public service announcement (PSA). Three of the 30 second spots were chosen to air on Comcast Network during the next few weeks, but each of the spots can be viewed online by visiting the TASK website."
Parker is an adjunct professor at Bucks. He also runs Riverview Studios, a video production company based in Bordentown, NJ.
Look for the PSAs, airing May 5th to 24th 5am-12midnight, on any of the following channels: CNN, Discovery Channel, ESPN, The History Channel, TBS, TNT, and USA Network.
For more information, or to make a contribution please visit www.TrentonSoupKitchen.org
To view all of the 30 second spots, including the versions that were not selected to air, click these links:
May 16, 2009 8:30am. Child’s Bike Ride @ Toll Gate Grammar School in Pennington, NJ. A children’s bike ride to raise money for TASK and the Rescue Mission. www.battleagainsthunger.org.
June 6, 2009 7:30am - 12:00 Noon. Kinny’s Walk @ Mercer County Park, Old Trenton Rd, West Windsor. An event to raise money for TASK and other local organizations addressing the issue of hunger. There will be Food, Music, and Vendors for the whole family. www.battleagainsthunger.org
September 11th - 13th, 2009. 7th Annual Battle Against Hunger Bike Tour. Riders bike 200 miles from Gettysburg to Trenton raise money for TASK and the Rescue Mission of Trenton. Various volunteer opportunities and options for shorter rides available. www.battleagainsthunger.org.
October 18th, 2009. Cookie Baking Competition in Bordentown, NJ. Categories for children, amateurs, and professionals. More info to come. Save the date!