For the Press: September is Hunger Action Month!

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Contact: J Steinhauer, TASK Manager of Development and Community Relations

72 ½ Escher Street, Trenton, NJ 08609

(609) 695-5456 Ext. 108

RELEASE DATE: 9/1/2019

TRENTON, NJ – This September join the Trenton Area Soup Kitchen (TASK) as it marks national Hunger Action Month with thousands of anti-hunger advocates raising awareness about hunger and food insecurity across the United States.

Last year TASK served nearly 400,000 meals to help alleviate the hunger and food insecurity felt by nearly 40,000 people in Mercer County. That means, while some county residents chronically experienced the physical pangs of hunger; they could also meet the United States Department of Agriculture’s definition of being food insecure – a federal measure of a household’s ability to provide enough food for every person in the home to have an active, healthy life, according to Feeding America, the largest U.S. hunger-relief, advocacy and education organization and creator of Hunger Action Month.

While TASK works year-round to make everyone aware of the ever-increasing problem of hunger and food insecurity, during Hunger Action Month we take additional steps to spread the word and encourage people to affect change in their own communities. This year we challenge everyone to get involved on variety of levels with the TASK “30 Ways in 30 Days Hunger Action Challenge.” This 30-day calendar lays out daily steps anyone can take to fight hunger right in their backyard and includes everything from simply posting our calendar on the refrigerator to setting up a fund-raiser for TASK on Face Book.

“We really wanted to empower the everyday person to act to fight hunger on whatever level is comfortable for them,” said TASK Executive Director Joyce Campbell. “This calendar and a few of the events we are hosting this month at our headquarters will help highlight the problem of hunger and food insecurity in our area while showing people how they can make a difference.”

In addition to the calendar TASK will host commemorative ceremonies on consecutive Thursday. Please join us on September 12 at 11am to mark national Hunger Action Day and September 19 at 10am New Jersey’s Food Waste Prevention Day. Both events will be held at TASK located at 72 ½ Escher Street, Trenton, NJ 08609.  On Hunger Action Day everyone is encouraged to wear orange to show their support for the cause. On the state’s Food Waste Prevention Day communities are encouraged to implement ways to avoid food waste.

Lieutenant Governor Sheila Oliver and Trenton Mayor Reed Gusciora and other dignitaries are scheduled to attend one or more of the events, and work TASK’s food service line, serving lunch to our patrons who heavily rely on the hot, nutritious meals we provide.

TASK is a 501 (c) (3) private, nonprofit, non-sectarian organization that has served over four million meals in its 38-year-old history. We are committed to providing meals and the tools to help move our patrons toward self-sufficiency. TASK serves about 3,600 meals per week and is the only organization that combines weekday meal service with social services and self-improvement program in Mercer County. In addition to meal service at our Trenton headquarters, we partner with 14 community agencies to serve off-site meals throughout the city and surrounding suburbs. We also provide self-sufficiency programs such as our Adult Education and Work Preparedness Program which helps patrons prepare for the high school equivalency exam and seek employment, Case Management and our SHARE Program which allows patrons to explore their talents in art, writing and music.

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