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
Mercer Street Friends and Trenton Public Schools Sponsor Free Eye Exams and Prescription Glasses for Children and Adults 

On Wednesday, March 11th, from 1pm to 7pm, Mercer Street Friends and the Trenton Public Schools will sponsor the first Community School event for students and community residents. Optical Academy, a mobile vision care clinic, will perform eye exams and prescription glasses services at the Rivera Middle School, the site of the Community School. The services will be free to those with proof of medical insurance or Medicaid coverage.  For those without insurance, the cost for the exam and glasses will be as low as $59. 

You must register in advance in order to receive an exam. The deadline for registration is Wednesday, March 4th. Please click here to register. If you have questions, please call Anniesha Walker at (609) 656-5204.

Date/Time: Wednesday, March 11th, from 1pm to 7pm 
Location: Rivera Middle School, 400 North Montgomery Street in Trenton

Princeton University President, Faculty and Staff Volunteer at Food Bank

President of Princeton University, Christopher L. Eisgruber, joined university staff and faculty recently for a visit to the Food Bank. They learned about the critical services that the Food Bank provides to those facing hunger in Mercer County and then they sorted and packed food for distribution. You can read the story on the Princeton University website by clicking here.


Princeton Area Community Foundation Donors Visit MSF Food Bank

The staff of the Princeton Area Community Foundation (PACF) recently toured the Food Bank with PACF donors who wanted a behind-the-scenes understanding of the operation and the multiple services the Food Bank provides. PACF reported on the visit in its first newsletter of the new year. You can read the story here:

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.