Bridging opportunity gaps…helping families and communities make the journey out of poverty.


Mercer Street Friends leads the community response to hunger in Mercer County, providing food and linking prevention programs to children, adults and seniors who face hunger and food insecurity on a daily basis.


Mercer Street Friends works with fragile at-risk families, guiding and leading them toward a healthier, safer life and brighter future.


Mercer Street Friends helps children, youth and adults overcome achievement gaps and barriers to school success and employment.

Latest News & Events

New Grants Awarded

Janssen Pharmaceuticals has awarded Mercer Street Friends a grant of $20,000 for the Food Bank’s Healthy Choices program. This funding will support our work to channel wholesome and healthy food and provide related nutritional support services to people in our community who face the pain and indignity of hunger.

The Merancas Foundation has awarded Mercer Street Friends a grant of $30,000 for the Trenton Community School Initiative (TCSI). The funds are targeted for year one planning and preparation that will lead to the opening of Trenton’s first community school next September at Rivera Middle School.

A Taste-Full Evening Raises Over $72,000

A Taste-Full Evening was a resounding success!

Thank you to our sponsors, guests, the restaurants and caterers that donated their time and delicious food tastings, and everyone else who made this such a special event.

The money raised will support Mercer Street Friends as we serve the Trenton community through our many programs, including the Mercer Street Friends Food Bank; Youth; Adult Education; Parent and Child; and the Mercer Street Friends Pre-School.


ShopRite LPGA Classic awards a $25,000 grant to the Mercer Street Friends Food Bank for our child hunger programs

Shop RiteShopRite LPGA Classic awards a $25,000 grant to the Mercer Street Friends Food Bank for our child hunger programs. This funding will help close meals gaps and reduce food hardships for children who experience the pain and indignity of hunger.

The grant from ShopRite LPGA Classic will benefit over 500 food insecure children who receive our Send Hunger Packing weekend food packs; 150 low-income children who will receive breakfast and lunch meals through our summer feeding program; and the families whom we enroll in SNAP so they can shop for food and not see their children go hungry.

We applaud ShopRite for raising awareness about hunger and supporting the work of front line hunger relief programs.

A new strategic direction for Mercer Street Friends

A new strategic direction for Mercer Street Friends—To create the first “community school” in Trenton. Capitalizing on our expertise, experience, knowledge and the research on effective anti-poverty strategies, Mercer Street Friends is committing to bringing an integrated support services model, commonly known as “community schools” to the City of Trenton public school system. A community school is a collaboration of the public school, non-profit agencies, and community-based organizations to provide comprehensive academic, social and health services for students, their families and the community that will result in improved educational outcomes for children.

It is neither our aim to create a school, nor to abandon our current spectrum of services. But we are persuaded that adopting this approach will allow for better utilization of existing resources, clearer evaluative criteria, and most importantly, more penetrating and sustainable community impact.

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