CONTACT: Julie Willmot
(609) 278-7137

TRENTON, N.J.
- Crisis Ministry of Trenton and Princeton, which helps support area residents with foodstuffs and other supplies, suffered a devastating fire Dec. 16 at its Trenton site, and Mercer County Executive Brian M. Hughes immediately directed staff to make every effort to get the non-profit organization back into service. The Ministry’s entire food pantry was burned and the administrative offices were deemed uninhabitable.

Mercer County joined numerous other groups and agencies in coming to the Ministry’s aid. The Ministry was able to temporarily relocate a few doors down from its East Hanover Street site to 117 E. Hanover Street, Trenton. Mercer County was able to provide pantry shelves with shelf units from the Mercer County Library System; County Office of Information Technology assisted by facilitating computer and phone access; and desks, chairs and file cabinets from the McDade Administration Building were loaned.

Additionally, Hughes has engaged a food and supply drive at County sites where Mercer employees and the general public can drop off non-perishable foodstuffs and personal care items. Mercer County will ensure the items are delivered to Crisis Ministry.

“I am asking all of us to assist Crisis Ministry in replenishing its Food and Supply Bank so that it can continue its honorable mission of caring for those who are less fortunate, now during the holidays and throughout the year,” Hughes said.

Donations will be accepted at to the McDade Administration Building at 640 South Broad Street, Trenton; Mercer County Connection at Route 33 at Paxson Avenue, Hamilton, in the Acme Shopping Center; and the Mercer County Park Commission Office at 197 Blackwell Road, Pennington. For information, call (609) 989-6518.

The Crisis Ministry also has satellite food pantry locations at 400 Hamilton Avenue, Trenton; and at Nassau Presbyterian Church, Nassau Street, Princeton. Please call Crisis Ministry for drop-off times. Additional information can be found at its website at www.thecrisisministry.org.