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Serving Meals

At TASK, our primary mission is to provide meals to all those who are hungry. Everyone is welcome at the Trenton Area Soup Kitchen. No questions are asked.

Every week of the year, volunteers help the TASK staff serve more than 3,500 meals in our primary facility at 72 ½ Escher Street, and satellite locations in South Trenton, West Trenton, Hamilton, Hightstown, and Princeton. All meals are prepared at the Escher Street site and delivered to respective sites.

Escher Street Site: A mid-day meal (that we call "lunch" but which is equivalent to "dinner") is served Mondays through Fridays from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at this site (We open our doors at 10:30.) Children receive breakfast bags in addition to a hot meal.

Dinner is served at the Escher Street site Mondays through Thursdays from 4 to 5:30 p.m. (We open our doors at 3:30.) On Thursday evenings, children receive breakfast bags for Friday in addition to a hot meal.

South Trenton Site: Dinner is served from 3:30pm to 5:30pm Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays at the First Baptist Church located at 128 Centre Street; Dinner is served Thursdays from 4:30pm to 6:00pm from Divine Mercy Parish at St. Stanislaus Church located at 60 Randall Ave.

West Trenton Site: Dinner is served Thursdays from 5:00pm to 6:30pm in the Trinity Cathedral Church at 801 West State St.

Hamilton Site: A mid-day meal is served Monday through Friday from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. at Medallion Care on 1 Electronics Drive.

Hightstown Site: Dinner is served Mondays from 4:00pm to 5:30pm the First Presbyterian Church of Hightstown located at 320 North Main Street; and dinner is served Thursdays from 4:30pm to 6:00pm at the First United Methodist Church of Hightstown located at 187 Stockton St.

Princeton Site: Dinner is served Wednesdays from 5:00pm to 6:30pm at the Princeton United Methodist Church located at 7 Vandeventer Avenue.


Tutoring Adults

The TASK Adult Education Program provides one-on-one tutoring in basic literacy, math, GED preparation, and computer skills. We offer a welcoming environment and individual attention for adult students (18 years and older).

Volunteer tutors offer caring, friendly assistance. Students meet with the program coordinator to set their own goals and establish timelines to meet them. TASK provides all of the necessary materials such as books, notebooks, pens, and reading glasses.

Adult education is conducted in the TASK building, mostly during hours that do not conflict with our meal program. Our schedule is flexible, however, to accommodate the needs of our patrons.

Tutoring times are:

  • Mondays - Fridays, 9 to 11 a.m.
  • Mondays - Thursdays, 2 to 4 p.m

The TASK Computer Center offers structured computer classes (Microsoft Office, basic and advanced) as well as one-on-one tutoring. Patrons also are welcome to use the computer center during meal times for Internet access and resume preparation.

How you can help

  • Volunteer as a tutor. You do not need to be a certified teacher or even have teaching experience. Since most of our students did not succeed in a traditional classroom setting, what they really need is an open and friendly individual to work with them one-on-one. We ask that tutors commit to coming at least one session every two weeks.
  • Donate supplies. We always can use spiral notebooks, pencils, pens, calculators, rulers, reading glasses (available in various strengths at dollar stores), and other school supplies.
  • Volunteer in the computer center.Teach a structured class or provide one-on-one assistance.

For more information, contact Kelly Hansen, Adult Education Coordinator at (609) 695-5456 x107 or kellyh@trentonsoupkitchen.org. For the computer center, contact Diane Subber at (609) 695-5456 x106 or dianes@trentonsoupkitchen.org


Encouraging Self-Sufficiency

We at TASK support our mission to encourage self-sufficiency and improve quality of life by providing a host of support services for our patrons.

Referral Services

TASK's Patron Service Specialist is available to our patrons on a full-time basis. She provides assistance with a variety of self-sufficiency and quality-of-life issues, including housing, medical assistance and advocacy, employment, substance abuse rehabilitation, and receipt of benefits.

Medical services

TASK works closely with a number of area health care providers to meet the needs of patrons. Nurses from the Trenton Health Team visit us  weekly.  Additionally, a variety of healthcare providers offer blood pressure screening, HIV testing and counseling, and other medical support services during our regular meal times.

Telephone, mail, fax and message services

TASK maintains a telephone line specifically for patron use during meal times. Patrons can receive telephone messages and U.S. mail here at TASK. Our fax machine also is at their disposal.

Hygiene bags

HygieneTASK distributes hygiene bags each week to patrons in need. Hygiene bags include soap, shampoo, deodorant, toothpaste, toothbrushes, and disposable razors. Each patron is eligible to receive a hygiene bag once per month.

Arts & Ideas

The Arts & Ideas program provides a variety of creative activities for TASK patrons of all ages. Materials for many arts and crafts activities are always available.

Photo Ops

On Tuesdays, TASK is visited by the "picture lady," a volunteer who takes photographs of patrons at their request. These photographs are given to the patrons who often give them as gifts to family and friends.

Kids´ Time

The Kids´ Time program provides toys, games, arts and crafts activities, and books for use by children at TASK. Supervised by an adult volunteer, children participate in play and cooperative group interaction while their parents have a chance to enjoy their meals.


Celebrating Life

We recognize that for many of our patrons, the only place that a holiday or special event will be honored is at TASK. The staff - with the help of loyal volunteers - observe the following holidays and special occasions:

Halloween

HalloweenTASK celebrates Halloween with a party for area children and their families. Children´s activities include face painting, pumpkin decorating, and holiday cupcakes and candy.

Thanksgiving

TurkeyThanksgiving is always a busy day at TASK! We serve a full Thanksgiving dinner, and each patron is given an additional hot meal to take home along with a mid-day bag and a bag of candy. Some 100 volunteers come together annually to make this day possible. (The community of the Tollgate School in Pennington has been providing food and decorations for this special event since 1987, and Timberlane School has been providing take-home mid-day bags for patrons.)

End of Year Holiday Season

Annual Holiday festivities at TASK bring together members of the community for meals as well as gift distribution for both children and adults.

TASK is open every Monday through Friday, even on holidays. On major holidays that fall on weekdays, including Christmas or Thanksgiving, TASK serves a full, hot, nutritious, traditional meal at lunch time that includes take-home treats.

We also give holiday gifts, including hats, scarves, gloves, crayons and coloring books, and stuffed animals, to all TASK patrons during the Christmas season.

Spring Egg Hunt

Easter bunnyTASK holds an annual Egg Hunt & Party for area children. Last year´s party brought together more than 50 children and their parents who participated in craft activities, the Egg Hunt, and photos with the TASK Bunny. Goodie baskets were given to each child.

Birthdays

CakeHave you ever considered what it would be like if no one acknowledged your birthday? This has been the experience of many of our patrons. TASK celebrates birthdays every month. We recognize patrons whose birthdays fall within the month and give them birthday cake to celebrate.

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