Send Hunger Packing Princeton

Because a child should hunger for knowledge, not for breakfast.

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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

In our efforts to expand our outreach to the residents of Princeton, SHUPP has built and planted multiple community gardens, open to neighbors to enjoy the fresh produce. The gardens are also a great way for people to volunteer and to learn how to grow and nurture an organic garden.

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.

What you can do

Make A Donation

We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give. – Winston Churchill

Become A Volunteer

Get involved. We are always looking for folks in our community to roll up their sleeves and lend a hand.

Spread The Word

Tell your friends and neighbors that there is food insecurity in Princeton and you can help put an end to it.