SHUPP PROVIDES SUPPLEMENTARY MEALS ON THE WEEKEND BECAUSE A CHILD CAN'T THRIVE ON AN EMPTY STOMACHYes, there is food insecurity in our community, and you can help!
What Send Hunger Packing Princeton (SHUPP) is all about.
Almost 420 local children, 12% of the school population is food insecure at various times to various degrees. Those who qualify for free or subsidized school lunches are fed during the week, but there is no help for them on the weekends. This striking need for supplemental food on the weekends led to a connection with Mercer Street Friends to bring their Send Hunger Packing program into Princeton (SHUPP).
The mission of SHUPPrinceton is to provide child-friendly supplemental weekend food through community organization and community financial support.
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.