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Trenton Area Soup Kitchen

From the Desk of the Executive Director

Hi [fname],

This time of year can be difficult for a lot of people. For those who do not have a family or for families who are struggling to make it through each day, these next few months can be very stressful.

But the holidays are also a season of sharing. This is a good time to be a good neighbor. It’s a good time to stop by and say hello to someone who might be lonely or introduce yourself to a new neighbor.

This year, TASK has seen many new patrons walk through our door and we have met some individuals who hide their struggles very well. Here at TASK we know very well that one smile or a kind word can go a long way. If you know someone who is having trouble, please let them know that TASK has an open door, no-questions-asked policy and all are welcome to come and get a free meal.

TASK is able to do all the work that we do because of community support. It’s donors and volunteers like you that allow us to serve those in need. Thank you for being such caring neighbors. From our family to yours, have a wonderful holiday season.

With gratitude,

Dennis Micai

Dennis C. Micai
Executive Director


Holidays with Love

The holiday season is the busiest time of year at TASK. Through generous donations, we help make the holidays a special time for all the struggling individuals and families that we serve. The week before Thanksgiving, our Social Worker distributes Thanksgiving Baskets to families that use TASK services. These baskets include a turkey, pies, string beans, stuffing, potatoes, yams, macaroni and cheese, juice, fruit, butter, rolls, marshmallows, and cranberry sauce -- all the ingredients to allow families to cook their own traditional Thanksgiving meal at home. This year, TASK Social Worker Hassan Atkins distributed 60 Thanksgiving baskets.

The day before Thanksgiving, families from Pennington and students from Toll Gate Grammar School and Timberlane School visit TASK to drop off donations of homemade pies, cranberry relish, bagged lunches, home-cooked turkey, and canned goods to TASK. Students, parents, faculty, and staff from Toll Gate decorate TASK’s dining room with hand-made decorations. This year was Toll Gate’s 25th year of their Thanksgiving project with TASK. Click this link to read a wonderful article about the project from the Pennington Post.

This Thanksgiving Day, TASK celebrated with more than 350 people and 97 volunteers. To make the meal more special, volunteers acted as waiters and waitresses, serving the meal "restaurant style". Plates of turkey, gravy, stuffing, cranberry sauce, sweet potatoes, salad, corn, cornbread, lemonade, and homemade pumpkin pie were delivered with love to the patrons at each brightly colored table. The dining room was full and it felt like the holiday dinners when all your sisters, brothers, aunts, uncles, cousins, parents and grandparents pack into your grandmother's dining room to eat dinner and share laughs. At the end of the meal, each patron was offered a cup of coffee or tea and received a wrapped tray of Thanksgiving leftovers to take and eat later. "Click here to see pictures from Thanksgiving.

After Thanksgiving, we start collecting gifts to distribute to our patrons and their families to make the holiday season bright. You can make a family’s holiday by donating items on their wish list through our Adopt-a-Family Program. For details, contact TASK Social Worker Hassan at HassanAtkins@trentonsoupkitchen.org or (609) 695-5456 x 104.

Also, through 1:00pm on December 23rd, TASK is collecting donations for our annual Holiday Gift Distribution to patrons. To see a list of requested items, please click here.

Pictured: Social Worker Hassan (left) helps pack a Thanksgiving basket for Esther and her family.

Give a Gift that Gives

This holiday season, give a gift that gives. With help from the A-Team Artists of Trenton, TASK created a tribute gift card to honor or remember family, friends, and colleagues. For gifts of $10 or more, TASK will send a Tribute Card containing illustrations of candles drawn by the A-Team. The card unfolds to become a small decorative centerpiece for any room. TASK will prepare an acknowledgment and deliver it either to you or to the recipient you request.

For more information please click here.

Memorial Gift

TASK Partners with Rise and the First Methodist Church of Hightstown to Open the Hightstown Soup Kitchen

The Trenton Area Soup Kitchen (TASK) partnered with Rise: a community service partnership and the First Methodist Church of Hightstown to open TASK’s first satellite soup kitchen site outside the city of Trenton.

The Hightstown soup kitchen served meals to 45 adults and 17 children on its opening day, November 3rd 2011. Volunteers from Rise and the First Methodist Church greeted visitors and families with warm welcomes and live music.

The number of meals served by the Hightstown Soup Kitchen has since increased to an average of 100 meals each night. Meals are served each Thursday evening from 4:30 to 6:30pm at First Methodist Church of Hightstown located on 187 Stockton Street.

“We are very pleased with the success of the Hightstown Soup Kitchen,” says Dennis Micai, TASK Executive Director. “We are happy to be a part of this program to provide meals to this community in need.”

To see pictures from the grand opening, click here.

If you are interested in volunteering at the Hightstown Soup Kitchen, please contact Volunteer Coordinator Gail Zelenak at Gzelenak@rise-community-services.org.

Adult Education Program Students
The Hightstown Soup Kitchen opened its doors November 3rd. Volunteers and staff from the partner organizations of TASK, the First United Methodist Church, and Rise: a Community Service Partnership take a moment to pose for a picture. From left: Dennis Micai, Howard Roundtree, Melisa Rivera, Edna Morris, Shirley Bastedo, Leslie Koppel, Jane Cox, Gail Zelenak, Jean Lovejoy, Julia Badulescu, and Mary Ford.

Help TASK win $500 from JChoice by liking our cause on Facebook!


TASK has entered the contest to be a "favorite cause" on JChoice.org! Please vote for us!

1. Go to JChoice.org's at http://www.facebook.com/JChoice.org

2. Those of you who are not yet Facebook fans of JChoice will be directed to "like" JChoice. Those that are already fans need to click the post on our wall that says "click here to vote."

3. Then, you will see a photo album of all the causes that have entered the contest. Click on TASK's logo.

4. Once on TASK's logo page, click the "like" button.

JChoice.org will tally the number of "likes" per cause and the cause with the most will win $500!

This contest began at 12:01 a.m. on December 12th and will end on December 23rd, 2011 at 11:59 p.m.
Donate Now

We are in need of Food and Hygiene Donations

Current Items Needed

  • Fruit Singles
  • Pudding Singles
  • Chef Boy R' De 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 from 8:00am to 1:00pm.

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For more information about TASK, please visit our website at www.trentonsoupkitchen.org or call us at (609) 695-5456.

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