Mercer Street Friends Food Bank
Mercer Street Friends Food Bank, located in Ewing Township, New Jersey, is the largest distributor of donated food in Mercer County. It distributes 2.5 million pounds of food a year to more than 60 partner agencies, reaching 25,000 food insecure children, senior citizens and adults. Rucha Gadre, Director of Mercer Street Friends Food Bank says, “Because of Partners In Caring, we have been able to sustain the supply line of food and close meal gaps, especially for children, families and the elderly.”
Mercer Street Friends Food Bank has been on the front lines of the fight against hunger for decades, helping the food insecure in its communities since 1987. Their motto is simple, “Good neighbors to those in need,” and yet, their efforts do a world of good to those whose lives they touch. Through their Send Hunger Packing program, in partnership with local schools, they provide more than 500 food insecure children with backpacks of food to ensure they have food over the weekend, when they do not have access to school lunch. Their Summer Feeding program also fills this gap for over 100 children during the summer months. For seniors, they provide boxes of food to over 100 low-income senior citizens through the federally-funded Commodity Supplemental Food Program. Their trained staff provides SNAP (formerly known as food stamps) outreach, nutrition education and hunger awareness education to the general public.
“We are most fortunate to be among the charities that Partners In Caring supports. We applaud ShopRite for supporting the fight against hunger in the communities where their customers and employees live and work,” Gadre said.