summer hunger impact

Strike Out Hunger is a community-driven initiative that unites corporations,  nonprofit partners and advocates to end hunger in Mercer County. 




Featured Summer Hunger Grant Recipients

Rider University Food Pantry Awarded 5,000

Funds supported the food pantry available to students who live on campus and commute. 

“During the summer it is extremely difficult to manage food options. During the school year access to food is part of the residential meal plan. In the summer because of the lack of financial aid it is not an option I can afford. Often, I would only eat once a day or try to manage on low cost snacks. When I heard about the newly formed food pantry and the option for students to use it during the summer, it was a huge relief for me. I cannot tell you how much it means to me that someone cared enough to do something about food insecurity for college students.”  -Rider University Student

Catholic Youth Organization (CYO) Bromley Center Awarded 5,000

Funds supported the expansion of CYO Bromley Center’s food pantry in Hamilton Township.

The pantry collects & distributes-free of charge, non-perishable and frozen food to income eligible Hamilton Township families. The CYO was able to stock their pantry with over 3,500 items for their families.

Additional Summer Hunger Grant Recipients

Arm in Arm, $7,500: Funds supported their food pantries to be able to serve more individuals in the summer months when the need increases. 

Better Beginnings, $5,000: Funds supported their Shape Minds When Time Matters Most program which educated parents and provided children fresh produce options to teach the importance of healthy eating choices. 
Catholic Charities, $6,000: Funds supported the Catholic Charities Diocese of Trenton-Mercer Community Services (CCT-MCS) Food Pantry Program which provided Ready To Go Breakfast Bags for children during the summer. 
East Pennsauken United Methodist Church, $3,000: Funds supported gleaning of fresh produce from local farms that reached food pantries in Mercer County in coordination with Broad Street Church, Trenton and Catholic Charities.  
Jewish Family and Children’s Service, $6,500: Funds supported the Summer Lunch Program which provided a healthy and nutritious lunch for each child in a family. The lunch program is in addition to the food a family received at the Kosher pantry.  
Mercer Street Friends, $10,000: Funds supported the Summer Meals Program which supported three additional summer feeding sites including the expansion of ethnic food and fresh produce options. 
Mt. Carmel Guild, $7,500: Funds supported The Guild’s Summer Feeding Families Project which allowed a family to receive an additional meal during the summer and provided an array of food options. 
Send Hunger Packing Princeton, $5,000: Funds supported expansion of weekend meals for children eligible for free and reduced-price lunches in Princeton Public Schools.  
Trenton Area Soup Kitchen (TASK), $10,000: Funds supported the Summer Send Hunger Packing Program which provided weekend meals to children who attended summer camp programs at 14 locations in and around Trenton. 
Trenton YMCA, $5,000: Funds supported access to healthy foods and alleviated food insecurity through their summer meal program, afterschool dinner program and the Greenwood Avenue Farmers Market. They were able to match funds for customers using food stamps: SNAP, EBT, WIC and vouchers. 

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