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Trenton Area Soup Kitchen (TASK) Marks a Milestone

TRENTON, N.J., TASK Inc., Jan. 10, 2017 — The Trenton Area Soup Kitchen (TASK) will mark its 35th year of serving meals to the hungry in the Trenton area Friday, Jan. 13, 2017, at its main facility on Escher Street, with a simple ceremony during the midday meal.

TASK Executive Director Joyce Campbell will host the event, which takes place during the morning meal service, at 10:30 a.m.  The Honorable Eric Jackson, mayor of Trenton, will address TASK patrons, volunteers, TASK board members, and staff. Everyone is welcome to attend.

In recognition of the soup kitchen's ongoing work in the area, Mayor Jackson said, "The City of Trenton values the essential role the Trenton Area Soup Kitchen fills in our community. A compassionate community partner, TASK has been serving meals and increasing the quality of life of our residents for 35 years. I look forward to marking this occasion and taking part in Friday's celebration."

TASK welcomes the opportunity to celebrate its long history with the city to serve its residents. "Thirty-five years of feeding the hungry is an incredible testament to the Trenton area community's commitment to its most vulnerable neighbors. I believe the strength of this commitment will one day end hunger," said TASK Executive Director Joyce Campbell.

TASK served its first meal in the First United Methodist Church of Trenton in 1982. By the end of that year, it had served more than 40,000 meals. Soon, TASK had to find a new home. After moving from one temporary location to another, it leased space in the Salvation Army's building on East State Street, where it stayed for five years. Meanwhile, the city of Trenton agreed to lease land to TASK on Escher Street, on which TASK built the facility it occupies to this day and from where it now provides more than 290,000 meals to people in need and schoolchildren who are hungry in Trenton, Princeton, Hightstown, Hamilton, and Yardville.

Responding to the need, TASK expanded its facility in 1995. It is about to undertake another building expansion, with groundbreaking planned for this summer.

Besides growing the soup kitchen to serve more meals, TASK expanded its mission to include adult education. The program, free and unique to the area, uses the talents of volunteers to tutor students one-on-one. In 2017, the adult education program will celebrate its 25th year of preparing adults to take the high school equivalency exam and helping them on the road to self-sufficiency.

The Trenton Area Soup Kitchen is a nonprofit, 501(c)3 organization based in Trenton, N.J. Its mission is to feed the hungry and offer programs to encourage self-sufficiency and increase the quality of life of its patrons. Feeding people is the first step. TASK also offers adult education and computer classes, arts programs, and case manager services, as well as food, hygiene product, clothing, and holiday giveaways.

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