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Mercer Street Friends Responds to Food Insecurity with three School-Based Pantries in Trenton District

On Friday, March 1, Mercer Street Friends opened a Choice Food Pantry at Luis Muñoz-Rivera Elementary School, the third pantry in the Trenton Public School District. With 27% of Trenton residents experiencing food insecurity, school-based pantries are critical in addressing food gaps for children and their families.

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Mercer Street Friends Opened 2nd School-Based Food Pantry in Trenton District

On Friday, December 15, Mercer Street Friends opened a Choice Food Pantry at Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Middle School, the second of three planned in the Trenton School District. With the goal of expanding resources currently offered through the Mercer Street Friends Community Schools program, a school-based food pantry helps to address food gaps, nutrition concerns, and stress, for school children and their families.

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Human Connection is our Superpower

Human connection is our superpower. Our programs – focused on food, family, and education – are based on seeing first-hand, the power of people helping people. Mercer Street Friends responds to our neighbors throughout Mercer County, thanks to you. We invite you to join us in reflecting on the power of these vital programs and those who make them possible, through the human connection.

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Mercer Street Friends to Open Family Resource Center at Gregory Elementary

Trenton, NJ: Mercer Street Friends, a nonprofit whose mission supports local families through comprehensive food and education programs, is set to open the first Choice Food Pantry in a Trenton District School, as part of a comprehensive Family Resource Center. As an extension of Mercer Street Friends’ Community Schools program

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Summer Bridge Spotlight: All Good at Gregory

We’re off to a great start at B.C. Gregory Elementary with 80+ students – kindergarten through third grade – who’ve joined us for Summer Bridge 2023, an extension of Mercer Street Friends’ Community Schools initiative. Mornings at Summer Bridge are spent in the classroom with Trenton Public School educators (current and retired), teaching math and reading.

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Summer Bridge = Summer Fun!

School’s Out, Summer’s In at Mercer Street Friends’ Summer Bridge programs at B.C. Gregory Elementary School and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Middle School in Trenton, New Jersey. Summer Bridge is an extension of our Community School initiative in the Trenton School District serving hundreds of local students and families

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Mercer Street Friends’ Reading Intervention Program Has Significant Impact

Trenton, NJ: Mercer Street Friends, a nonprofit whose mission supports local families through comprehensive food and education programs, hosted an award ceremony and luncheon to recognize achievement in reading for first through third grade students at Benjamin C. Gregory Elementary School in Trenton, New Jersey. On Wednesday, May 24, more

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Mercer Street Friends’ Reading Intervention Yields Positive Results for Rivera Students

Trenton, NJ: On Wednesday, March 22, Mercer Street Friends, a nonprofit whose mission supports local families through comprehensive food and education programs, hosted an award ceremony and luncheon to recognize achievement in reading for first grade students at Luis Muñoz-Rivera Elementary School in Trenton, New Jersey. Forty students and their

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End of Summer Celebration

Party Time! On Friday August 12th, The Mercer Street Friends Summer Bridge Program came to a close. For their hard work this summer, students enjoyed a party with arts crafts, face painting and ice cream!  On display were projects showcasing what students have learned in Reading and STEAM!  Mercer Street

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Our students working hardA look inside Martin Luther King, Jr. Middle School Summer Bridge Program! 

It’s been an amazing summer for students from Martin Luther King, Jr. Middle School as they focused on academics and extracurricular activities through the Mercer Street Friends Summer Bridge Program! Designed to assist students in continuing their skills throughout the summer, mornings are filled with writing exercises including informational texts,

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Having fun with art

Our students are artists! Last week, Rivera Community Elementary School students at the Mercer Street Friends Summer Bridge Program experienced the magic of Disney! Through numerous creative activities, students’ inner artist shone through as imaginations took flight drawing a Magic Carpet Adventure and sharing with their classmates the journey of

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