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Food insecurity exists in Princeton and YOU can do something about it!

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We Provide Supplementary Meals
on the Weekend Because a child can't thrive on an empty stomach

Our Concern

Almost 500 local children, 12% of the school population, qualify for free or subsidized school lunches 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 reach out to Mercer Street Friends to bring their Send Hunger Packing program into Princeton.

Our Mission

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

Our Team

Ending food insecurity in our community is an ongoing process which requires the hard work of committed volunteers. Please join us.

Our Effort

SHUPP is a collaborative effort of the Princeton Human Services Commission, Mercer Street Friends a local 501(c)3, 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, SHUP has distributed over 40,000 meals in this way.

Thank you to everyone who made our recent friendraiser a success.

How can you help?

Thanks for visiting the SHUPP web site.

Please consider lending a hand.


Or to donate by check:

Please make checks payable to Mercer Street Friends
Please type "SHUPP" on the memo line of the check.

Send Payments To:
Princeton Human Services
One Monument Hall
Princeton, NJ 08540

What a terrific job you've done. I'm excited about being back on PHSC. So much has changed in town. It's clearly a whole new day over there and I'm eager to roll up my sleeves and work with you all.


Well done and an impressive first year accomplishment! Keep up the good work.


Kudos to you and your team


These are amazing accomplishments, Ross. We're proud of what you and the Human Services Commission were able to accomplish in regard to the number of children served, and proud that the Commission intends to continue and improve the program.


Hunger can go by many names: food insecurity, food hardships, food shortages, meal gaps. Regardless of the chosen terminology, it is a consequence of poverty and the result of food not always being available, affordable and or accessible to people with insufficient financial resources. Together we can change this state of affairs.




Learn more about Send Hunger Packing.

Stay Informed



Children's Budget Coalition Letter Supporting Strong Federal Nutrition Standards for Children

Jan 2, 2015 more

Send Hunger Packing…The Year in Review

June 2014 more

Serving Princeton Newsletter

Issue 3 2015

A peroidic update from the Princeton Human Services Commission more



Thank you, Send Hunger Packing

March 2015 here

From a Princeton Parent

December 2014 here

Web Resources


Mercer Street Friends

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Efforts around the nation


Colorado Springs, CO

YouTube Video May, 5 2013

How Care and Share Food Bank & Century Link are helping Bricker Elementary School combat child hunger the video

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Thank you for visiting our web site and your interest in Send Hunger Packing Princeton. We hope you are inspired to get involved in some small way.


Princeton Human Services
One Monument Hall
Princeton, NJ 08540




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