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Thanks to everyone who made the Hunger Banquet
a huge success.

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National Hunger Facts

In an effort to provide enough food for their household, 84% of food insecure families with children report purchasing the cheapest food available, even if they knew it was not the healthiest option.

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Food insecure children may be at greater risk of truancy and school tardiness.
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Food insecurity affects everyone

When they are in school, children who are food insecure may experience increases in an array of behavior problems including: fighting, hyperactivity, aggression, anxiety, mood swings, and bullying.

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Healthy children are an investment in all of our futures.
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Children growing up in food-insecure families are vulnerable to poor health and stunted development from the earliest stages of life.

The Send Hunger Packing Princeton Hunger Banquet was a smashing success! Thanks to all who came and/or supported the effort.

As we said at the event, it is not an end, but a beginning. If you haven’t had a chance to make a contribution, please click below to join us!


Yes, there is food insecurity in our community, and you can help!

What Send Hunger Packing Princeton (SHUPP) is all about.

Our Concern

Almost 420 kids in Princeton Public Schools, equating to 2 kids in each classroom are eligible for free and reduced price lunches from the Federal government. While this may provide food for them during the week, there is no support available on the weekends and holidays.

Eligibility for the "free and reduced" program doesn't guarantee one is food insecure, but it is a major indicator. Additionally, there are kids who may not qualify for this program who may still from time to time be food insecure.

We know that poor nutrition and learning are at odds. When children arrive to school on Monday morning, they have a right to be properly fed and ready to learn, and Send Hunger Packing Princeton was formed to make that possible.

Send Hunger Packing Princeton is a partnership between Mercer Street Friends and Princeton Public Schools. It is a free program, available to anyone, without pre qualifications, who opts in. If a family feels it could benefit from supplemental weekend meal assistance for their school aged children, they get it.

Our Effort

Send Hunger Packing Princeton is a collaborative effort of the Princeton Human Services Commission, Mercer Street Friends (a non-profit) and the Princeton School District. In September 2013, the Princeton Public Schools began to distribute weekend food backpacks, provided by Mercer Street Friends, to children in the Princeton schools (K-5, so far) and at the Princeton Nursery School. To date, SHUPP has distributed over 40,000 meals in this way.

Our Mission

The mission of SHUPPrinceton is to provide child-friendly supplemental weekend food through community organization and community financial support.

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Read a touching letter that speaks to the importance of SHUPP in the community.

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Our humble beginnings came about as the result of a meeting sponsored by Princeton Human Services with unintended and unexpected positive consequences. A meeting to discuss food pantry locations resulted in a robust delivery program of weekend supplementary meals for school children whose families opt in. The first meeting was held in the Winter of 2012. Two school years later 40,000 supplementary meals have been delivered.

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