What is Yes We CAN! Food Drives?
Yes We CAN! Food Drives is the name of a group of volunteers who seek to alleviate hunger in our area by holding food drives at local markets. The collected food is then donated to Arm In Arm to resupply its food pantries in Princeton and Trenton, where over 4,000 people a month come for free food.
Yes We CAN! Food Drives Makes a BIG Impact — Since 2008, our volunteers have collected 300,000 pounds of fresh produce and nonperishable food from area shoppers. That’s 150 tons of food, making Yes We CAN! the largest single food drive donor to Arm In Arm.
How Do the Food Drives Operate?
Throughout the year, Yes We CAN! sponsors food drives in partnership with our generous food markets and donors:
- McCaffrey’s Markets in Princeton & West Windsor
- Pennington Quality Market
- Princeton Farmers Market
- Pennington Farmers Market
- West Windsor Outdoor Farmers Markets
As shoppers enter the supermarket or stroll about the Saturday farmers’ market, our volunteers ask them to purchase either fresh produce or non-perishable food to replenish the supplies at Arm In Arm food pantries. Some of the shoppers prefer to give a cash donation which our volunteers then use to purchase food from the store or farmers’ market. It’s a win for everyone–the store owners, the farmers, and Arm In Arm’s clients.
We Need Volunteers.
Yes We CAN! needs volunteers of all ages to collect food in two-hour shifts at area supermarkets and the West Windsor Farmers’ Market. Whether you volunteer once a year or many times, your service is greatly appreciated by the food clients of Arm In Arm. For the volunteer, the experience is deeply gratifying knowing you have helped your neighbors in need.
To find out more about volunteering and the collection schedule, email Alison Politziner at email@example.com.
Co-Chairs of Yes We CAN! Food Drives
- Kim Kyte
- Alison Politziner
- Susan Greene
Yes We CAN! Collects Books!
Yes We CAN! also collects cardboard toddler books and picture books as well as early readers and grades 1 – 12 books and adult books. The books are distributed weekly to the Hudson and Hanover Street pantries and clients are encouraged to take any books they would like for themselves or their families. The books are always on a table outside the pantry.
We are fortunate to have several “angels” who give us books for distribution. However, we are always in need of picture books and toddler “cardboard books.” If anyone would like to donate books, please contact Kimberly Kyte at firstname.lastname@example.org. A few more of our “angels” hand knit scarves and hats that are also distributed to Arm In Arm clients. If you’d like to knit for Arm In Arm’s clients, please reach out to Kimberly Kyte.
Please support our 2024 Yes We CAN! Food Drives
McCaffrey’s Market, Princeton
McCaffrey’s Market, West Windsor
Princeton Farmers Market
|Dec. – April : 10 AM – 1PM May- Nov. : 9 AM – 1 PM
|10 AM to 1 PM
|10 AM to 1PM
Dec.– April: 11 AM – 1:30 PM
|10 AM to 1 PM
|877 Alexander Road, West Windsor Township NJ 08540
|301 North Harrison Street, Princeton NJ 08540
|335 Princeton Hightstown Road, West Windsor NJ 08550
|Hinds Plaza, Witherspoon Street, next to the Princeton Public Library
|25 Rt.31, Pennington, NJ 08534
January 6 & 20