7th Annual

Strike Out Hunger Boys with Tray

Strike Out Hunger (SOH) is a multi-prong initiative that unites companies, individuals, and advocates to alleviate hunger in Mercer County. There were already 55,000 local families struggling to make ends meet* and the pandemic has exponentially increased this number. Strike Out Hunger will provide meals, fresh produce, and non-perishables to food pantry beneficiaries during the summer months when food becomes even more scarce for households in our community.
*Source: United Way NJ ALICE Report 2018

Meal Packing Event & Food Drives 

Despite the over 90 degrees weather during our Strike Out Hunger kickoff event on June 8, 2021, participants from M&T Bank, Robert Half Princeton, Investors Bank, NJM Insurance Group, Princeton Corridor Rotary Club, Amani House- Trenton, SOH committee members, and UWGMC board member, Erin Klebaur, came out to Strike Out Hunger! 31,928 meals of fortified beans and rice went to Mercer Street Friends Foodbank to be distributed to local food pantries. Thank you to all who participated! 

Food drives to collect nonperishables were done throughout Mercer County during June and July at Grounds For Sculpture, Investors Bank Mercer branches, M&T Bank East Windsor, Northfield Bank Pennington branches, and NRG for an equivalent of 5,183 meals. Thanks to the locations for hosting us and to all who supported us by donating food for families and individuals that are facing hunger. 

Check out the pictures here

Results

4,025 meals collected during virtual Strike Out Hunger 2020
31,928 meals packed during Strike Out Hunger meal packing kickoff 2021
5,183 meals collected during food drives in Mercer County 2021
41,136 total meals served in Greater Mercer County 

Thank you for your continued support of United Way of Greater Mercer County's Strike Out Hunger Initiative!

IN PARTNERSHIP WITH

Mercer Street Friends Foodbank

Donate to Your Local Food Pantry

September is Hunger Awareness Month. Let's unite for food security! The need for food has intensified as a result of the pandemic. Families are having to choose between other necessities like housing and healthcare.

To help, donate nonperishables to your local food pantry. Take a bag(s) filled with food to your nearest food pantry.

Volunteer Opportunity

You can help provide fresh fruits and vegetables for families and individuals that are facing hunger. United Way of Greater Mercer County has partnered with Rolling Harvest Food Rescue to help with the distribution of fresh produce to local food pantries. 
 
Volunteers can sign up to glean, gather leftover fresh produce after a harvest, at Gravity Hill Farm in Titusville, NJ for a 2-hour slot from now until December. This is a great opportunity to help alleviate hunger in the community.

Get outside, meet up with coworkers and stay safe from the restrictions of the pandemic. For more information about this opportunity and to sign up please go here

JFCS gleaning

IN PARTNERSHIP WITH

Rolling Harvest Food Rescue

Learn More About Food Insecurity

Join us during Sukkah Village Princeton! We will be participating in a virtual panel "Talk on Food Insecurity" on September 24, 2021, from 12 PM-1:30 PM with community partners Jewish Family & Children's Services, Arm in Arm, and Trenton Area Soup Kitchen (TASK).

Sukkah Village Princeton

For more information about Sukkah Village Princeton and the virtual panel go to https://sukkahvillage.com.

Does Someone You Know Need Help?

We all need help sometimes. As a result of the pandemic, more families and individuals are struggling to put food on their tables. Play a role by letting family, neighbors, friends, or coworkers know about available resources in the community.

Available resources

Hunger Grants

We are not receiving a Request For Proposal (RFP) at this time. Please check back for updates. For questions please email Sandra Toussaint at sandra.toussaint@uwgmc.org

For more information

Please contact Denise Daniels at denise.daniels@uwgmc.org

 

 

POWER HITTER SPONSORS

 

Investors Bank

 

NJM Insurance Group

 

NRG Energy

 

 

LEAD RUNNER SPONSORS

 

Berkshire Bank

 

M&T Bank

 

PNC Bank

 

PSEG

 

Robert Half

 

Taiho Oncology

 

Princeton Corridor Rotary
The Rotary Club of the Princeton Corridor

 

Wawa

 

 

FRESH PRODUCE SPONSORS

Janssen

 

Wegmans

 

MEAL PACKING TENT SPONSOR

Mercadien

The Strike Out Hunger Committee provides their expertise, time, and efforts to help make our initiative a success. 

James Allen    
Mercer Street Friends

Vicki Bixel    
Mercer Street Friends

Carole Bursac    
Investors Bank

Claire Cossaboon    
Grounds For Sculpture

Beth Englezos    
Jewish Family and Children's Service of Mercer County

Roberta Ferreira    
Bristol Myers Squibb

Therese Hollander    
Northfield Bank

Judy Lansing
M&T Bank

Joseph Lemkin    
Stark & Stark

Sal Levatino    
Princeton Rotary and SL Business Solutions

Jessica Malone    
Princeton University 

Jeff Richardson    
NJM Insurance Group

Marcy Rodriguez    
Horizon NJ Health 

Peggi Shader-Gother     
Investors Bank

Cathy Snyder    
Rolling Harvest Food Rescue

Hillary Spivak    
Arbonne

Yolanda Swiney    
PNC Bank

Jennifer Vample    
Wells Fargo

Kelly Williams    
The College of New Jersey

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SOH Committee