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Because a child can't thrive on an empty stomach

Join us September 14

"Peace begins when the hungry are fed and the future begins when the hungry are educated.

Gene White, Global Child Nutrition Foundation
Providing Supplementary meals
on the weekend

Our Concern

In May 2013, the Princeton Human Services Commission began a program to bring awareness and help to the issue of “food insecurity” among our school-aged children. 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 History

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 2800 meals in this way.

Our Mission

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

Community Resources

See what other resources are available to those dealing with food insecurity in the community

Send Hunger Packing
Cooking Challenge!

Community Park School, Sunday, September 14th, 3-5:30 pm. Admission FREE!

Celebrity Chef, Brian Duffy, of the hit show Bar Rescue, will be on hand to accept a challenge... He will be provided with ingredients generally available to low-income families, and asked to create an affordable, easy to prepare, nutritious and, of course, tasty meal.

Chef Duffy will also help local kids cook a meal of their own, as a way of demonstrating the personal connection between cooking and nutrition.

The event is free of charge and open to the public. All event costs have been donated.

Mercer Street Friends - Good neighbors to those in need.

Facts at a Glance
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The Issue

Research conducted by Frongillo, Jyoti, and Jones in 2005 found that food insecurity impairs academic development of young school-age children. This study revealed that the reading and mathematical skills of food insecure children entering kindergarten developed significantly more slowly than other children.

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Hunger in Princeton

12% or 450 children in our school population qualify for free or reduced lunches. And this doesn’t take into account those who are just above the parameters established by the Federal government.

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The Local Effort

this past year we provided, on a weekly basis, meals for 88% of the approximately 266 in K-5 and pre-school eligible children in this age group. As of May, 5522 meal packs were delivered to our students. This is equivalent to 22,088 supplementary meals.

How can you help?
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Thanks for visiting the SHUPP web site.
Please consider lending a hand.

We work in partnership with the Mercer Street Friends, 501(c)3 to collect funds, all of which goes to providing food and services. When you click To Donate you will be redirected to the Mercer Street Friends (MSF) web site.

donate

Please type "SHUPP" in the additional comments section on the MSF Donate page or the memo line of the check.

Or to donate by check:

Please make checks payable to Mercer Street Friends
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.

Stacy

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

Charles

Kudos to you and your team

Linda

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.

Janet

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.

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Who makes SHUPP work
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Ross Wishnick

Chairperson, SHUPP

Ross Wishnick is the chair person of Princeton Human Services Commission. He, together with other members of the commission and other members of the community started Send Hunger Packing Princeton with the inaugural event June 9, 2013 at the Garden Theater. Ross is also a member of the Board of The Bank of Princeton and a member of the Advisory Board of Princeton Education Foundation. He and his wife, Lesley have two children who graduated from Princeton Public Schools.

Leticia Fraga Nadler

Vice Chair of Princeton Human Services Commission; Chair of the Princeton Civil Rights Committee; Vice Chair of the Latin American Legal Defense and Education Fund; Board Member of the Princeton YWCA; and member of the Princeton ‘Send Hunger Packing’ Committee.

Through her work with various non-profit organizations, she has come to know many of the families whose lives have been enriched by the various programs. Her personal vision has been to make a significant and positive impact in her community by continuing to advocate for justice, equal rights and access to basic needs for all.

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Bill Schofield

Bill is President & Founder of The Schofield Group in Princeton NJ, and has over twenty years of non-profit leadership and fundraising management experience. Most recently, he was President and CEO of the United Way in Bucks County where he worked to implement community level change in the areas of income, education and health. He currently resides in Princeton NJ with his wife, Ashley, and two children.

Andrea Spalla

Andrea Spalla serves on the Board of Education for the Princeton Public Schools and is the Board's liaison to Send Hunger Packing Princeton. She is currently the Vice-President of the Board and the chair of its Student Achievement Committee. She is the mother of two boys who attend the Princeton public schools.

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Rucha Gadre

Rucha Gadre grew up in Mumbai, India and came to the United States of America in 2005 to pursue her higher education in Nutritional Sciences at University of Georgia. She has previously worked for WIC, a medical weight loss clinic and currently works for Mercer Street Friends Food Bank. Her role as the director of the food bank is to build new partnerships with organizations that address the issues of poverty and hunger. With this in mind she joined the Send Hunger Packing Princeton's Board.

Elisa Neira

Director of Princeton Human Services Commission

Ms. Neira leads the department which provides general assistance and oversees events for many in the Princeton community. Among those initiatives are the Summer Youth Employment Program, providing jobs for 14 to 17 year olds, the Wheels Rodeo which promotes bicycle, skateboard, and car seat safety for children, the back to school backpack program, the Holiday gift drive, both of which coordinate donations provided by members of our community for other members of our community, and a number of other community-based projects.

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Stay Informed
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Immigration

John Heilner
Chair, Immigration Sub Committee

In 2013, in an effort to increase outreach with the immigrant population, the Princeton Human Services Commission formed an immigration subcommittee composed of commission members, community partners, and interested parties.

...read more

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Send Hunger Packing…The Year in Review

June 2014

To all of those interested in the well being of our students who are not always certain of their weekend meals, we wanted to update you on the progress of Princeton’s Send Hunger Packing Program (SHUP), our plans for potential expansion of the program, and ways you can help.

...read more

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Serving Princeton Newsletter

Issue 1 2014

A peroidic update from the Princeton Human Services Commission

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Send Hunger Packing across the nation

YouTube Video May, 5 2013

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

...watch 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.

Address

Princeton Human Services
One Monument Hall
Princeton, NJ 08540

Phone

609-688-2055

Email

info@shupPrinceton.org

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