Hunger Prevention

Full dinners on school days for our students in need.

Many of the children and youth we serve live in single parent households that barely survive on food stamps and the school meal plan. The average household income is much lower than the national average. Given our economy and the lack of good paying jobs in Trenton, the percentage of students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch has increased by 16% in two years.  According to a report released The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Economic Research Service (USDA) “more than 50 million Americans, including more than 17 million children, are food insecure – meaning they lack consistent access to a nutritious, well-balanced diet. The findings are based on data collected by the U.S. government in December 2009. The report, Household Food Insecurity in the United States, is a sobering snapshot of the pervasiveness of hunger in our nation. The report shows that child hunger remains critically high. Nearly 1 in 4 children was at risk of hunger in 2009”.

In order to address this critical need in our immediate community in the 2011-2012 school year, Westminster Community Life Center began supplementing our students’ weekday meals by serving full dinner on school days.  This is a major achievement for us, but we can do more!  We are aiming to expand our hunger prevention initiative by joining Mercer Street Friends’ “Send Hunger Packing”  weekend backpack program.  We need help raising funds to offer this program next school year.  For a small donation of $6.00 a week for 36 weeks you can sponsor a child so they don’t go hungry when they’re not in school.  Please donate to help us fight childhood hunger.  For more information about sponsoring our entire site please email us at info@welovetrenton.org or call 609-498-7419.