Thank you, Send Hunger Packing Princeton!
I, Nakeisha Ammons and my family would like to extend our biggest Thank You, to the SHUPP staff for
all you do throughout the Princeton Public Schools to ensure that children in low income households
have the opportunity to obtain supplemental meals over the weekend. Families like mine dealing with
economic difficulties found relief in feeding our children through SHUPP.
I learned about this program when I resigned from my job to take care of my child with Asperger’s
syndrome. My son’s disability needed to be handled more attentively leaving our household with only
one income. It was a major adjustment. We were in despair about how to feed our children as well as
handling the household obligations. Then, I was introduced to SHUPP and their willingness to assist
was a great relief to our burden.
Explaining my situation and that there are many others in this community just like me, to two
members of the SHUPP team, they asked me to participate in a focus group to obtain data showing the
actual need for supplemental food for families in the Princeton school district. It was a great honor to
be able to help, and be a voice for my community.
The SHUPP program provides each of my children with a nutritional non-perishable breakfast, snack
and lunch. These meals are packaged and given to my children discretely through the school, which is
great for those who may be shy of their situation and who otherwise wouldn’t join. My family is
grateful to know that there is an organization that is ensuring a helping hand to families in need during
these harsh economic times by assisting to feed our children at the end of each week.
I also would like to thank you for inviting my family to come out for a great evening of fun with Chef
Brian Duffy. Chef Duffy showed us ways to prepare simple nutritional meals for our children. The
children assisted Chef Duffy at the event empowering them to help out with meal preparations at
home. For all you do, thank you.