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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 Hosts A Taste-Full Evening Fundraising Event on Friday, October 16th
Enjoy food prepared by chefs from Agricola, JM Group (Blue Point Grill, Nassau Street Seafood, and Witherspoon Grill), Marsilio’s, McCaffrey’s, Pennington Quality Market, ShopRite and Wegmans, along with wine and beer, live music, roving magicians and a silent auction.
Tickets are $85 per person, with proceeds going to support Mercer Street Friends. To purchase tickets, click the DONATE TODAY button at the top of the page and select Taste-Full Evening from the drop-down menu.
A Taste-Full Evening  
Friday, October 16th from 6PM to 9PM at the
Mercer Street Friends Food Bank Warehouse
824 Silvia Street Ewing, NJ 08628
MSF Food Bank Receives $25,000 Morgan Stanley Grant for Send Hunger Packing Program
Morgan Stanley Volunteers

A team of Morgan Stanley Wealth Management volunteers packing weekend meals for students in the Send Hunger Packing program. From left, Michelle Jackson, Ken Stewart, Karl Falkenstein and Lara Sheqoski.

Mercer Street Friends Food Bank today announced a $25,000 grant from Morgan Stanley to support Send Hunger Packing,
a child hunger initiative that helps to ensure students continue to receive nutritious food during school breaks.

The grant is part of Morgan Stanley’s long term commitment of more than $14 million to Feeding America and its network of 200 local food banks that distribute millions of meals every year to children and families across the United States.

“We are thrilled to receive this important grant from Morgan Stanley in support of our efforts to deliver more nutritious meals to children in Mercer County,” said Phyllis Stoolmacher, Acting Food Bank Director.  “Morgan Stanley and its employees provide vital support for Mercer Street Friends by generous contributions like this and volunteering.”

Mercer Street Friends’ Send Hunger Packing program puts nutritious food directly into the hands of children by providing meal packs that they take home on Friday afternoon. With this program, children who rely on free or reduced price school meals get the nutrition they need, even when they are not in school over weekends or long breaks.



Governor’s Cup Awarded to John Witherspoon Middle School & MSF Food Bank

On May 21st, Lt. Governor Kim Guadagno presented the Students Change Hunger Governor’s Cup Trophy to the students of John Witherspoon Middle School in a ceremony held at the Princeton High School Auditorium. The Governor’s Cup is awarded each year to the school that collects the most food and designs an exemplary campaign to educate and engage students and the community in the fight against hunger during the annual statewide Students Change Hunger Food Drive.

The entire student body of John Witherspoon Middle School attended the awards ceremony and cheered the students involved in the two extracurricular groups that managed the food drive at the school, Peer-to-Peer and DoSomething, as they accepted the Governor’s Cup.

Donations collected by John Witherspoon Middle School students—6,117 pounds of food and $2,405—were given to Mercer Street Friends Food Bank. In addition, as the “winning” food bank, Mercer Street Friends will receive a $5,000 donation from Stop & Shop.

NJ Lt. Governor Guadagno

New Jersey’s Lt. Governor Kim Guadagno Praises John Witherspoon School students for their passion and their commitment to helping others

Students Change Hunger Challenge Winners from John Witherspoon Middle School

John Witherspoon Middle School’s Student Organizers of the Students Change Hunger Challenge recieve instructions on taking the perfect picture from Lt. Gov. Guadagno










Photos from the awards ceremony as John Witherspoon Middle School in Princeton wins Governor’s Cup for 2015 Students Change Hunger Competition

Posted by Mercer Street Friends on Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Stamp out Hunger Food Drive on Saturday, May 9th–Letter Carriers to Deliver Area Donations to Mercer Street Friends Food Bank





On Saturday, May 9th, Mercer Street Friends Food Bank will get a special delivery of food to help feed the hungry in Mercer County, courtesy of the National Association of Letter Carriers and local residents.

Donating food is as easy as mailing a letter–and it doesn’t require a stamp. Place non-perishable food items in plastic or paper containers (no glass containers, please) in a sturdy bag next to your mailbox or the place where your mail is delivered and the letter carrier will pick it up. The following is a list of suggested non-perishable food items to donate: Canned tuna, chicken or salmon; Single-serving fruit cups; Soup; Microwaveable Meals; Peanut Butter; Jam or Jelly; and Oatmeal Packets.

Saturday, April 25th: Princeton TruckFest to Benefit Mercer Street Friends Food Bank

Looking for a great excuse to throw calorie-counting and cholesterol caution to the wind?
Join us on Saturday, April 25th from 2pm to 6pm as the Princeton Prospect Foundation, a charitable coalition of Princeton University’s Eating Clubs, hosts the Princeton TruckFest. Food trucks serving artisanal treats and international street foods will line Prospect Street in front of the Eating Clubs. Mercer Street Friends Food Bank has been chosen to receive proceeds from the event.

For more information about Princeton Truckfest, including a list of food trucks and scheduled entertainers, visit

Coming up on Sunday, April 26th:
Visit the Food Bank table at Communiversity in Princeton.