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
Trenton Thunder Awards $2,500 to Trenton Digital Initiative

Trenton Thunder Charities, through its Community Grant Program, awarded $2,500 to Mercer Street Friends for the Trenton Digital Initiative. The Trenton Digital Initiative teaches youth basic computer skills and gives them the opportunity to build their own computers, which they take with them at the program’s completion.

Church & Dwight Makes Year-End Donations to Food Bank

Church & Dwight Company, Inc., a Ewing-based consumer products company, made a year-end donation of $46,000 to Mercer Street Friends Food Bank to support its hunger relief programs. The check was delivered to the Food Bank by the company’s Deputy General Counsel, Andy Forsell. In addition, Church & Dwight donated 450 cases of Oxy Clean laundry detergent to be distributed by the Food Bank to low-income individuals, families and seniors.

Mercer Street Friends Pre-School Winter Enrollment Opportunity

Mercer Street Friends Pre-School, a full-year program that is free for children who live in Trenton, has immediate openings for new students. Children residing in Trenton who were 3 years old as of Sept 2014 are eligible for the program. For more information contact the Mercer Street Friends Pre-School at 609-656-5220.

Students Change Hunger Participants Collect 18, 717 Pounds of Food

The Food Bank congratulates the participating schools in this year’s Students Change Hunger Food Drive for their record-breaking success. Below are the totals for each school:

Ben Franklin Elementary School                    1,127 pounds
Cambridge School                                       4,073 pounds
Lewis School of Princeton                           256 pounds

Homeschool Co-Op of Hamilton                 60 pounds
Hopewell Valley Central High School          2,285 pounds
John Witherspoon Middle School                 8,789 pounds
Notre Dame High School                            1,700 pounds
Stuart School                                                324 pounds

The College of New Jersey                           103 pounds 

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.