SHUPP provides supplemental fresh produce on the weekend and much more …
Because a child should hunger for knowledge, not breakfast.
Why we do what we do …
Over 15% of the students in Princeton Public Schools are eligible for free or reduced-price lunches from the federal government. While such programs provide food for them during the week, there is no support available on weekends, holidays, or during the summer months.
Eligibility for the free and reduced program doesn’t guarantee one is food insecure, but it is a major indicator. Additionally, there are families who may earn slightly more than the program allows 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.
Growing in the Schools!
March, 2022 –
Vertical Farm Initiative
Growing in our Community
May, 2022 –
SHUPP Community Gardens
Our Core Programs
Our effort to reach more children in need within our community has encouraged us to expand our mission and our reach. Beyond the core initiative of the weekend food program SHUPPrinceton has partnered with several great organizations in our community to make accessing food easier.
Fresh Produce Delivery Program
SHUPP shifted the backpack program to address the pandemic head on. SHUPP provides 10 lb bags of fresh produce to food insecure families with students enrolled in the Princeton Public Schools. The bags are distributed at school to the students whose families qualify for free and reduced lunch.
Growing with SHUPP
Vertical Farm Program
In partnership with the Princeton Public Schools, we have installed a vertical farm in the Littlebrook Elementary School.
This pilot program complements the already robust outdoor, raised bed garden programs that have existed for some time in the Princeton Public Schools. It will allow for gardening all year round. The vertical farm will allow the students to continue their agricultural adventures indoors during the cold weather as well as allowing them to study, experiment, care for and maintain a gardening pod that has the potential to grow as much as 300 pounds of produce over the course of the year.