Food

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3 days of food for your family when you visit one of our pantries.

HUNGER PREVENTION

We provide enough food for half a million meals every year!

I need food assistance

Can we help you fill a financial gap by providing food? You are welcome to visit any two of our three food pantries each month. Each visit provides enough food to feed each member of your household for three days. Please have the following documentation with you:

  • Proof of residence in Mercer County, including any recent piece of mail
  • Photo ID for head of household
  • Proof of family members in your residence
  • For anyone in your household under the age of 18, please provide one of the following every six months: birth certificate, immunization record, WIC folder, passport, court-ordered custody paper

Hours:

Monday through Thursday, 9:30AM-12PM
123 East Hanover Street, Trenton
Beginning February 13:  48 Hudson St., Trenton

Monday, Wednesday & Thursday, 1:30PM-4:00PM
Tuesday, 1:30PM-7:00PM
61 Nassau Street, Princeton

Who We Serve:

  • Many Mercer County neighbors turn to Arm In Arm’s Hunger Prevention program for support in difficult times. When faced with food insecurity, low-income people from up to 1,400 households are served in our three Client Choice food pantries each month.
  • Teams of volunteers deliver food to the homes of 150 elderly and house bound people in Trenton and Princeton each month.
  • 40 percent of the people helped in our Hunger Prevention program are 17 and under; 25 percent are age 55 and above.

What We Provide:

Healthy Food – Together, our food pantries average 2,000 shopping visits each month. The variety of heart-healthy food filling our shelves and refrigerators includes fresh produce, eggs and milk, frozen proteins, quality baked goods, and prepared foods such as yogurts, salads and soups, and many shelf-stable canned and boxed food. Personal care products such as shampoo, soap, toothpaste and toothbrushes, diapers, and deodorant are often available.

Healthy Living & Nutrition Education — Director Mark Smith, an R.N. with a nutrition background, leads our effort to link better nutrition with improved health through:

  • Hands-on learning opportunities for children’s groups
  • Distribution of budget-focused cookbooks for our senior customers
  • On-site healthy cooking demonstrations and tastings
  • Visits from nutrition educators from Rutgers Extension Services

Community Garden Produce —Dedicated volunteers cultivate and harvest fresh produce in our Hanover Garden in downtown Trenton. All produce grown in our garden is harvested and distributed in our pantry. We grow tomatoes, peppers, eggplants, kale, collard greens, cucumbers, squash, herbs, and more.

Home Food Delivery — We deliver food once a month to homebound seniors and adults with disabilities.

Health Screenings — In partnership with Capital Health System’s Community Health Program and First Presbyterian Church of Trenton, we offer information and health screenings to our clients to detect hypertension, heart disease, diabetes, and other conditions. Attendees are offered a healthy lunch while they learn.

COMMUNITY SUPPORT AND PARTNERSHIPS

We thank our many community partners for helping us to provide an empowering shopping experience.

Mercer Street Friends Food Bank, the Community Food Bank of New Jersey, Farmers Against Hunger, Yes We CAN! Food Drives, West Windsor Farmers Market, McCaffrey’s, Whole Foods Market, Panera Bread, ShopRite, Italian People’s Bakery, and other local supermarkets, restaurants, bakeries, farms, and community-based vegetable gardens such as those at Morven Museum and Kitchen Garden and the Peace Garden at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church. Generous institutional support comes from the Walmart Foundation, the Bonner Foundation, the Mary Owen Borden Foundation, Novo Nordisk, Church & Dwight Co., Janssen Pharmaceuticals, and Bristol-Myers Squibb.

 

Healthy Food at Arm in Arm

 

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