Mercer Street Friends was founded in 1958 by members of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) who were witnessing the migration to Pennsylvania suburbs and recent flood affecting the economics of the Trenton community and its impact on residents. The founding volunteers responded by renovating a 100-year old meeting house no longer used for worship, located on Mercer Street in the Mill Hill section of Trenton, and turning the facility into a community center for neighbors in need.

Mercer Street Friends - History

Mercer Street Friends


As a Quaker-affiliated, nonsectarian 501(c)(3) organization, Mercer Street Friends honors the equality of all people and strives for a just, prosperous, and peaceful society for all. We respond to the needs of the community to build alliances that will have the most meaningful impact in addressing the needs of those who are economically disadvantaged. Mercer Street Friends provides a range of integrated services that build community, nurture self-worth and independence, and offer resources for individuals, children and families to overcome poverty and its lasting effects.

Our Mission

Nourishing minds and bodies;
Empowering families and communities.

Mercer Street Friends - Our Focus

Our Focus

Rooted in community.

Through a variety of programs and resources, Mercer Street Friends works throughout Mercer County with a concentration in the Greater Trenton area to help individuals and families who are facing economic disparity reach their full potential. This work is made possible by thousands of individuals, families, foundations and corporations.

Mercer Street Friends is dedicated to…

  • Delivering food security through our food bank.
  • Providing social and emotional care to parents and families.
  • Offering educational opportunities through our preschool, community school initiative and adult education program.
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