SHUPPrinceton provides supplemental meals on the weekend and much more …
Because a child should hunger for knowledge and not breakfast.
SHUPPrinceton would like to extend a huge thank you to the Community Service Interclub Council (CS-ICC) of Princeton University and the Princeton University Class of ’61 for their generous support.
The COVID-19 Pandemic has presented unprecedented challenges for our entire country and our own Princeton community is no exception. Schools are closed, possibly for the rest of the school year. And for the 500 Princeton children on the Free and Reduced Lunch Program the impact is devastating.
Our mission has suddenly changed TO MEET THESE NEW AND UNHERALDED CHALLENGES. Send Hunger Packing Princeton has been asked to provide meals for ALL 500 Princeton children and their families through the end of the school year if needed.
We are humbled to know that SHUPPrinceton has become the face of food insecurity relief for children in our community and along with our partners we are prepared to shoulder the expanded responsibility.
Why we do what we do …
Almost 14% of the students in Princeton Public Schools, equating to 2 kids in each classroom are eligible for free and reduced-price lunches from the Federal government. While such programs provide food for them during the week, there is no support available on the weekends and holidays.
Eligibility for the “free and reduced” program doesn’t guarantee one is food insecure, but it is a major indicator. Additionally, there are kids who may not qualify for this program 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.
What you can do …
Who are we?
Send Hunger Packing Princeton is a 501c3 located in Princeton, New Jersey. We distribute weekend food packs, provided by our partner organization Mercer Street Friends, to children in the Princeton schools (K-5, so far) and at the Princeton Nursery School. To date, SHUPPrinceton has distributed over 100,000 meals.
How can you help?
Hunger goes 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.