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Mercer residents help replenish local food bank lost to fire
CONTACT: Julie Willmot
TRENTON, N.J. — Mercer County Executive Brian M. Hughes’ call for county employees and the general public to come to the aid of the Crisis Ministry of Trenton and Princeton following a devastating fire at its Trenton site last month is receiving an impassioned response.
Donations are pouring in to replenish the Ministry, which helps support area residents with foodstuffs and other supplies. The entire food pantry was burned and the administrative offices were deemed uninhabitable by the Dec. 16 blaze.
Mercer employees and the general public can drop off non-perishable foodstuffs and personal care items at three locations through the end of January. Mercer County will ensure the items are delivered to people in need. Representatives from Timberlane Middle School in Hopewell Township made a special trip to the County Park Commission Office in Pennington, one of the three drop-off sites, to deliver items collected by students.
“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 are being 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.
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.
The Crisis Ministry also has satellite food pantry locations at 400 Hamilton Ave., 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.