In times of disasters and national emergencies, individuals and organizations have always stepped in to fill the gaps in the response. The COVID-19 response has been no different with individuals making masks or going shopping for people who cannot get to the stores safely.
Community organizations serving Mercer County have stepped up to support the tenants of Project Freedom’s three legacy complexes, Robbinsville, Hamilton,, and Lawrence.
This support was exemplified by the Princeton Corridor Rotary Club. This long-time supporter of Project Freedom sponsored $1,500 of groceries for the tenants. In the past, this socially-minded club supported the acquisition of a generator for Robbinsville.
Meanwhile, Project Freedom tenants in Robbinsville, Hamilton, and Lawrence were lent a helping hand by the Jewish Family and Children’s Services (JFCS) of Greater Mercer County.
JFCS is a nonprofit community service agency with a mission to strengthens individuals and families by empowering people to care for themselves and others. Family Resources are available including an on-site health food pantry and a wide network of community partnerships.
The JFCS Mobile Food Pantry Truck began bringing the resources of the JFCS brick-and-mortar pantry to distribution sites in Mercer County since January. The 16-foot truck is a healthy-choice food pantry that for people with food security issues in Mercer County.
The pantry-on-wheels delivered bags of fresh food in Wegmans’ reusable shopping bags to tenants in Robbinsville and Hamilton. In the following weeks, the truck visited the Lawrence complexe as well.
Another community organization, Arm In Arm, also delivered food to Lawrence, Hamilton, and Robbinsville tenants on a regular basis. Formerly known as The Crisis Ministry, the organization founded in 1980 by leaders of Nassau Presbyterian Church and Trinity Church in Princeton to help community members who were struggling financially.
Today as Arm In Arm, 20 staff members and hundreds of volunteers welcome more than 4,000 families to its food pantries and other support services.