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Trenton Area Soup Kitchen

From the Desk of the Executive Director

Hi [fname],

We at TASK are grateful for the support of the community. Because of you, we were able to serve more than 195,000 meals last year. Please mark your calendars for April 20th, 2013 – we would be honored to have you attend SouperFest, our 30th Anniversary and ”Thank You” celebration. Some individuals have really outdone themselves in finding creative ways to support our organization – read on!

With gratitude,

Dennis Micai

Dennis C. Micai
Executive Director


Summary

Tales of TASK: Stories from the Soup Kitchen

Souperfest


On April 20th, 2013 at the Trenton War Memorial, TASK will celebrate SouperFest, an anniversary celebration to thank the surrounding community for 30 years of support. As part of TASK’s SouperFest celebration, TASK will be releasing a 30th Anniversary Commemorative booklet containing a detailed history of TASK that recognizes former board members and individuals and organizations that have made extraordinary contributions to TASK over the years. The booklet will also contain Tales of TASK – inspirational stories of TASK clients who have triumphed.

Check out our newest tale below.

Joe


If you are interested in submitting your own “Tale” to TASK, please contact J Steinhauer at Jsteinhauer@trentonsoupkitchen.org.




Caroline Myss Presents 4th Lecture to Benefit TASK

On November 16th, 2012, best selling author, spiritual teacher and renowned lecturer in human consciousness, Caroline Myss, will give her fourth lecture to benefit TASK.

Caroline Myss (pronounced m-a-c-e) is the author of five New York Times best-sellers: Invisible Acts of Power, Sacred Contracts, Why People Don’t Heal and How They Can, Anatomy of the Spirit, and Entering The Castle. In addition to her books, Myss has released over a dozen spoken-audio sets, created card decks focused around healing, and founded Chicago’s Caroline Myss Education Institute, created to assist people in exploring their Sacred Contracts in order to enrich their life journey. Most recently, this past June, Myss made her fourth guest appearance on Oprah Winfrey’s television show.

Caroline Myss will be speaking at 7:00 PM at the Bart Luedeke Theater at Rider University* in Lawrenceville. All proceeds from the event will benefit TASK. Over the past decade, Caroline Myss has raised more than $250,000 for TASK. As she has done for the past lectures, Caroline Myss has again waived her fee so that a substantial portion of the ticket price will go directly to TASK. To purchase tickets Click Here. TASK is also offering levels of corporate sponsorship. For more information, contact Jaime at Jaimep@trentonsoupkitchen.org.

Caroline Myss
New York Times Best Selling Author Caroline Myss speaks at The College of New Jersey in 2010. Myss will give her fourth benefit lecture on November 16th, at the Bart Luedeke Theater at Rider University.


* "This program is independently owned and operated by TASK. TASK is not affiliated with Rider University."



200 Miles on Bike. Support our TASK Riders!

In 2003, the first Battle Against Hunger Bike Tour left Saint Matthew's Episcopal Church in Pennington, NJ on a 200 mile bike ride to Gettysburg, Pennsylvania with a handful of riders. Ten years, and more than 30 riders later, the once small group of bicyclists have now raised $750,000 dollars for TASK and other local hunger relief organizations.

This year, two TASK staff members, TASK Cook, Lisa McMillion and TASK’s Inventory Coordinator, Paul Jensen, have volunteered to participate in the two day tour from Gettysburg. This will be Paul’s first BAH Tour and Lisa’s third.

“I love this bike ride!” exclaimed two-time rider, Lisa McMillon. “This is something that I believe in. There was a point in my life when I was broke. I wasn’t homeless, but I was broke. I know what it feels like to be hungry and this is a chance to show my thankfulness.”

Paul explains, “I decided to participate in this event because I am working In a soup kitchen and I am able to see where and how funds are used to help people in need. I feel that we need to raise everyone’s awareness on how many of our neighbors, especially those on a fixed incomes, cannot afford to buy food and have no idea where they can get a hot meal in their community.”

If you would like to support our TASK riders by sponsoring them on this years BAH Tour, please visit here. Make sure to search under the “Support a Rider” tab (names are listed alphabetically), scroll down to the bottom of the page until you find Lisa McMillon's or Paul Jensen’s name.

Paul Jensen

Lisa McMillion
On September 8th, two-time rider Lisa McMillion and first-time rider Paul Jensen will participate in the 2012 Battle Against Hunger Bike Tour. Good Luck Guys!.




Generous Green Thumbs Call Lawrenceville Their Garden

For the past three years, thanks to Anne Ryder and fellow gardeners at the Lawrenceville Community Garden TASK has been supplied with hundreds of pounds of fresh fruits and vegetables! We at TASK are so very grateful.

What started out as a small personal plot at a community garden has literally grown into a 40 ft by 40 ft field of fresh produce that is grown strictly as donations to TASK. “I enjoy gardening,” stated Anne Ryder, coordinator of the garden donation drive. “At the start [of the donation drive] I would just mainly donate all the fruits and vegetables that I wouldn’t use. As time went on, I noticed that some plots still had food… and I just couldn’t let the food rot, especially in an economy like this.” The next growing season, she asked the gardeners of all the plots to donate any foods that they had a surplus of or would not use. “Now everyone chips in. It’s great and everyone is excited to help.”

Today, the Lawrenceville Community Garden makes two to three deliveries of fresh produce (when in season) each week. If you happen to be a fellow Lawrenceville gardener look for Anne and the yellow flags just north of the Lawrenceville School off on the north side of Route 206. Thanks for all the help.



Anne Ryder
Anne Ryder at her Lawrenceville Community Garden Donation Drop. Thanks for the help Anne!
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We are in need of Food and Hygiene Donations

Current Items Needed

  • Fruit Singles
  • Pudding Singles
  • Chef Boyardee microwave cans
  • Spaghetti Sauce - no glass jars please
  • Salad Dressing
  • Juice Boxes
  • Shampoo
  • Toothpaste
  • Toothbrushes
  • Deodorant
  • Bars of Soap
  • Disposable razors

Delivery hours are Monday through Thursday from 8:00am to 5:00pm and Friday and Holidays from 8:00am to 1:00pm.



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