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 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.

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.