Jo Ann Povia (609) 989-6052
TRENTON, NJ -- Mercer County Freeholder John Cimino and HomeFront President and CEO Connie Mercer have announced a partnership with businesses and organizations in Mercer County to collect food for needy families over the summer months.
While many equate food drives with the fall and winter holiday season, the summer months can be especially challenging for organizations such as HomeFront to keep their shelves stocked to meet the increased demand once schools, which provide subsidized breakfasts and lunches to children from families in need, close their doors for summer vacation.
“Many families in Mercer, who are already struggling, can’t afford to replace those meals,” said Cimino. “When Connie brought this issue to my attention, I knew I had to help.”
“In a given month, over 700 families come to us for grocery bags carefully filled with nutritious food,” said Mercer, “and in the summer the number of people coming to our food pantry swells because there are no subsidized meals to offset the empty cupboards at home.”
Freeholder Cimino reached out to local businesses and organizations in Mercer County to provide drop off points for residents to donate non-perishable food for this summer’s collection. Meori Salon & Spa, Hamilton YMCA, First Choice Bank and Robert Wood Johnson Hamilton Hospital were among the first to sign up.
County Executive Hughes and the Board of Freeholders are supporting the drive and collection boxes will be distributed throughout County Buildings and public drop off sites will be available at the McDade Building at 640 South Broad Street in Trenton and the County Connection in Hamilton.
In addition to the drop off locations, Cimino received commitments from Notre Dame High School, Lakeview Child Care Centers, and the County of Mercer to partner with this effort and collect food from families, students and employees respectively.
The items most needed and appropriate for the pantry include canned goods such as meats, (tuna, chicken, salmon) soups, stews and vegetables as well as 32 oz boxed juices, standard cereal boxes and 32 oz boxed shelf milk. Please no oversized canned goods.
“We are asking for the public’s help, now, before school ends” said Cimino. “We ask for your generosity and help for a happy and healthy summer for Mercer County’s kids by dropping off non-perishable foods to one of the partner locations.”
The food drive will run at least through the month of July. Items can be dropped off in any of the locations listed below. Businesses and organizations that would like to contribute by collecting food or holding their own food drive are urged to contact the freeholder at 609-989-6961. His staff will assist with providing boxes and flyers for the drive.
Mercer County Connection, Hamilton Square Shopping Center, Rt. 33 at Paxson Ave, Hamilton, 08690
Meori Salon and Spa (339 Rt. 33 Mercerville – behind Pizza King and Applebees)
Robert Wood Johnson Hamilton Hospital – boxes located in the Outpatient Services Entrance and the Roma Bank Café.
Robert Wood Johnson Center for Health and Wellness – (3100 Quakerbridge Road Hamilton)
Hamilton Area YMCA – (1315 Whitehorse Mercerville Road, Hamilton & 185 Sawmill Road Hamilton)
First Choice Bank Branches - (669 Whitehead Road, Lawrenceville; The Shoppes At Hamilton, 537 Route 130 - Suite 774, Hamilton; 2344 Route 33, Robbinsville; 840Route 33, Mercerville; 18 Princeton - Hightstown Road, East Windsor)
Notre Dame High School kicked off the drive with their event on Friday, June 3rd. Joining student volunteers are (from R to L) Mary Liz Ivins, Notre Dame Principal; Freeholder John Cimino and Sunny Emanuel-Costley, HomeFront Director of Program Support Services.
Notre Dame High School kicked off the drive with their event on Friday, June 3rd. Joining student volunteers are (from R to L) Sunny Emanuel-Costley, HomeFront Director of Program Support Services and Mercer County Freeholder John Cimino.