SHUPPrinceton provides supplemental fresh produce on the weekend and much more …
Because a child should hunger for knowledge and not breakfast.
SHUPP is Growing in the Schools!
March, 2022 – SHUPPrinceton rolls out our new Vertical Farm Initiative in partnership with the Princeton Public Schools.
SHUPP is pleased to announce that we have embarked on an exciting new initiative. In conjunction with the Princeton Public Schools we have installed a vertical farm in the Littlebrook Elementary School.
This pilot program is meant to complement the already robust outdoor, raised bed garden programs that have existed for some time in a number of Princeton Public Schools. It will allow for gardening all year round. It will allow the students to continue their agricultural adventures indoor during the cold weather, allow them to study, experiment, care for and maintain a gardening pod that has the potential to grow as much as 300 pounds of produce throughout the year.
Read more about the new program
SHUPP is Growing in the Community!
May, 2022 – SHUPPrinceton volunteers cleanup and brand one of several SHUPP Community Gardens.
For the past few years now SHUPP has been building and maintaining several community gardens throughout Princeton. This year we have an incredible group of student volunteers who have worked tirelessly to clean up and help maintain the gardens to make sure they serve the community all season long. We could not achieve any of our goals without the support of caring people just like them.
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 public schools (K-5) and the Princeton Nursery School as well as providing snacks to Princeton Middle School and Princeton High School students. To date, SHUPPrinceton has distributed over 200,000 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.