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Off-site Activities

If you cannot come to TASK or STSK to help out, but still wish to contribute to our cause, there are lots of things you can do.

  1. Help serve a meal for the South Trenton Soup Kitchen (Monday, Tuesday, or Wednesday). Volunteer Hours are 4:30-6:30pm.
  2. Donate Wrapped Utensils-wrap a plastic knife, fork and teaspoon in a napkin and secure it with a twist tie. The part of the utensil that goes into the mouth must be covered with the napkin. You can buy these items yourself, or TASK can provide supplies for you.
  3. Donate Take-Home Lunch Bags-peanut butter and jelly sandwiches (please put peanut butter on both slices of bread and the jelly in the middle), fresh or individual can of fruit, dessert, juice box and napkin in a brown bag (children can decorate the bags). Please put all items in a brown paper lunch bag with the top folded down. Lunch bags can be delivered Monday - Thursday 8:30AM to 5:00PM and on Friday 8:30AM to 10:00AM.
  4. Donate Take-Home Dinner Bags- Includes an entree of easy open spaghetti or ravioli can, a juice box, dessert, canned fruit (no fresh fruit please), plastic spoon, and a napkin. Dinner bags can be delivered at any time. Please put all items in a brown paper lunch bag with the top folded down. See below for delivery hours.
  5. Donate Take-Home Diabetic Snack Bag- Includes Tuna or chicken salad with crackers and a granola bar, plastic spoon or fork, and a napkin. Diabetic snack bags can be delivered at any time. Please put all items in a brown paper lunch bag with the top folded down.
  6. Donate a Take-Home Kids Breakfast Bag- Includes an individual size cereal, oat meal packet, 8 oz. shelf stable milk, granola bar. Kids breakfast bags can be delivered at any time. Please put all items in a brown paper lunch bag with the top folded down.
  7. Donate Hygiene Bags- one bar of soap (Zest, Irish Spring, Coast or Lever 2000 are the popular items), men's disposable razor, men's deodorant, toothbrush, toothpaste and shampoo. Razors and deodorant are unisex for our patrons. We prefer regular sizes but motel/hotel sizes are permissible.
  8. Donate Mini Hygiene Bags- a bar soap (Zest, Irish Spring, Coast or Lever 2000), washcloth and men's disposable razor in Zip lock sandwich bag. Again, men's razors are unisex for our patrons.
  9. Donate GALLON SIZE zip lock bags to hold the personal hygiene items.
  10. Donate Bake cookies, brownies, and cupcakes- make a bag of cookies (about 6 to a bag depending on the size). You do not have to bag cupcakes. Also please be aware that you can bake for any holiday (Valentine's Day, St. Patrick's Day, Christmas, Halloween, and Fourth of July etc.)
  11. Donate Socks- Men's crew or tube socks are unisex for our patrons and greatly appreciated.
  12. Donate Cold Weather Clothing- During the winter season the soup kitchen has a great need for dark colored men's knit watch caps (black, brown, gray, navy and no face masks), large sized, adult gloves for men and women, winter and adult winter scarves, and any men's or women's coats in large sizes (XL-XXL).
  13. Donate Plastic Ponchos- many times when it is raining the patrons are in need of hooded ponchos for adults. A good place to buy ponchos in the dollar store, however please deter from buying ponchos that are three for a 1$.
  14. Donate Reading Glasses- various strengths can be of use. Again, the dollar store may serve as a good place to buy reading glasses.
  15. Donate a Computer- Pentium 1 or a computer with enough memory for Windows 95 is a prerequisite for donating a computer. You can also donate a working printer. Please contact us in advance for these donations.
  16. Donate Sanitary Napkins or tampons
  17. Donate books and art supplies- These supplies can vary from paints, paint brushes, canvases, canvas stretchers, construction paper, markers, glitter etc.
  18. *Crochet Mats out of Plastic Bags *- TASK would like to offer sleeping mats to the homeless upon request. We have found that these mats are durable, comfortable, easy to store and very inexpensive to make.These mats can be made using recycled plastic grocery bags and a large crochet needle.Step by step instructions may be found by following this link.
  19. Entertain TASK patrons with music, drama, etc. (space is limited, so a small group is best).
  20. Conduct a Non-Perishable Food Drive- any non-perishable food items. No glass please. See our website for details.
  21. Invite TASK to speak- The staff members of TASK are happy to come to any club, organization, or place of worship to explain our mission at TASK, and to inform people how they can volunteer.
  22. Make a gift of real estate, life insurance, or stocks.
  23. Include TASK in your will.
  24. Make an honorary or memorial gift to TASK.
  25. Designate a United Way donation to TASK. Please enter TASK'S name and address on the campaign card or use the following codes for specific campaigns- NJ Employee Charitable Campaign # 6557 and Combined Federal Campaign # 6040.
  26. Make a planned gift to TASK through the Princeton Area Community Foundation.

If you have any questions about off-site activities, contact the Volunteer Coordinator via "email"

Non-perishable foods except items in glass containers. Our "wish list" is here.

NOTE: Make deliveries Monday-Thursday from 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM or Friday from 8:30 AM to 1:00 PM. Bag lunches must arrive before 10 AM on Friday. We share a driveway with the Animal Shelter. Pull into that driveway and go to the double doors on the right. Ring the bell and someone will come out to help you.

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