Starting on December 14, 2020, Arm In Arm will be introducing a community cabinet at their satellite location on Hudson Street. The cabinet, which will feature a variety of free canned goods and books, is designed for community members who are unable to come to the pantry’s distribution days due to other commitments or their children’s school schedules, as well as to promote literacy for all ages. Utilizing a vacant lot next to the pantry, the community cabinet was considered to help promote the organization’s mission to create more food stability.
Like many non-profits and other food pantries throughout the state, Arm In Arm has had an influx of patrons due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, and wants to provide access to food to as many people as possible. However, the pandemic has stunted many opportunities for people to obtain food and other necessary care items. According to Feeding America, it is estimated that over 50 million Americans may experience food insecurity in 2020. In states such as New York and Washington State, school closures have prevented students from receiving regular meals and food access that were typically available during the school year. The CARES Act, which was introduced in March, did not include a funding increase in SNAP benefits in the $2 trillion collar relief package. These limitations have amplified the number of Americans who will likely go hungry during the pandemic.
Hunger Prevention and Communications Coordinator Andrea Melton looks forward to introducing the cabinet to the community.
“I’m very excited to introduce Trenton’s first community cabinet and lending library, which will help ensure our mission, which is that we help our community members thrive, because we are truly better together.”
The pantry will be accessible to residents on a daily basis and replenished regularly. For questions and additional information, please contact Andrea Melton at firstname.lastname@example.org or 609-940-1827.
Arm In Arm
48 Hudson Street
Trenton, NJ 08608
Arm In Arm is a non-profit, 501 (c) organization that provides food and financial support to Trenton and Mercer County residents in need. Formerly known as The Crisis Ministry, we were founded in 1980 by leaders of Nassau Presbyterian Church and Trinity Church in Princeton to help community members who were struggling financially. Today twenty staff members and hundreds of volunteers welcome more than 4,000 families to our food pantries, work with 600 at-risk families to prevent or end homelessness, and offer on-the-job training and job search mentoring. Arm In Arm does not endorse any religious or political