Mercer Street Friends

Mercer Street Friends Bridging opportunity gaps... Helping families and communities make the journey out of poverty. As a Quaker-affiliated, nonsectarian 501(c)(3) organization, Mercer Street Friends honors the equality of all people and strives for a just, prosperous, and peaceful society for all.

We respond to the needs of the community to build alliances that will have the most meaningful impact in addressing issues of poverty. We provide a range of integrated services that build community, nurture self-worth and independence, and offer resources for children, families, and communities to overcome poverty and its lasting effects.

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10/27/2021
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09/29/2021

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Our graduates' stories are powerful! For Adult Education and Family Literacy week, a Mercer Street Friends Adult Educati...
09/23/2021

Our graduates' stories are powerful! For Adult Education and Family Literacy week, a Mercer Street Friends Adult Education graduate, LaBella, shared her message of hope and determination with our current students. LaBella's journey was and remains filled with courage, persistance, and success as she pursues Nursing!

Ready to start your success story? Contact us today! 609-278-6904.

Mercer Street Friends congratulates Rescue Mission on the opening of their new Food Pantry. We’re honored to partner wit...
09/16/2021

Mercer Street Friends congratulates Rescue Mission on the opening of their new Food Pantry. We’re honored to partner with you in addressing hunger in Trenton. #mercerstreetfriends #fightinghunger #trenton @rescuetrenton

Mercer Street Friends congratulates Rescue Mission on the opening of their new Food Pantry. We’re honored to partner with you in addressing hunger in Trenton. #mercerstreetfriends #fightinghunger #trenton @rescuetrenton

Mercer Street Friends congratulates Rescue Mission on the opening of their new Food Pantry. We’re honored to partner wit...
09/16/2021

Mercer Street Friends congratulates Rescue Mission on the opening of their new Food Pantry. We’re honored to partner with you in addressing hunger in Trenton. #mercerstreetfriends #fightinghunger #trenton @rescuetrenton

Mercer Street Friends congratulates Rescue Mission on the opening of their new Food Pantry. We’re honored to partner with you in addressing hunger in Trenton. #mercerstreetfriends #fightinghunger #trenton @rescuetrenton

Welcome back to our preschool students and families! #earlylearning #Mercerstreetfriends #mercerstreetfriendspreschool
09/09/2021

Welcome back to our preschool students and families!
#earlylearning #Mercerstreetfriends #mercerstreetfriendspreschool

Thank you 5 Help Foundation for your support! The diapers, wipes, colorox cleaner, and backpacks are greatly appreciated...
09/08/2021

Thank you 5 Help Foundation for your support! The diapers, wipes, colorox cleaner, and backpacks are greatly appreciated by our students and our families!#mercerstreetfriends #5help

Let's get Vaccinated!
08/11/2021

Let's get Vaccinated!

Let's get Vaccinated!

Congratulations to Mercer Street Friends Preschool graduates!
06/25/2021

Congratulations to Mercer Street Friends Preschool graduates!

Thank you to @acmemarkets for awarding Mercer Street Friends $20,000 in funding through their Nourishing Neighbors 130 D...
04/16/2021

Thank you to @acmemarkets for awarding Mercer Street Friends $20,000 in funding through their Nourishing Neighbors 130 Days of Giving Campaign!

Thank you to @acmemarkets for awarding Mercer Street Friends $20,000 in funding through their Nourishing Neighbors 130 Days of Giving Campaign!

Greetings,As we come to the close of 2020, we look ahead with gratitude for all those who have stood with Mercer Street ...
12/31/2020
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Greetings,

As we come to the close of 2020, we look ahead with gratitude for all those who have stood with Mercer Street Friends during the best and most trying of times.

Thanks to you, the heart of Mercer Street Friends’ work remains focused on food, family and education. The pandemic challenged us to respond quickly, adapt to new ways to to offer programs and reassure our neighbors that we are with them, today and tomorrow.

We have much more to do, together. The next year ahead will be filled with great need. It will also present opportunities to help our communities and Trenton and Mercer County. We are prepared to do so. With your help.

https://mercerstreetfriends.org/donation-page/

Thank you for joining Mercer Street Friends #MercerStFriends on this journey to nourish bodies and minds and empower families and communities by breaking the cycle of poverty.

May the New Year be filled with good health and peace for you and for all.

Sincerely,

Bernie Flynn
CEO

PS: As a part of the CARES Stimulus Act, you may claim an above the line deduction for up to a total of $300 cash donations to nonprofit organizations this year! Please check with your tax advisor to learn more.

Make a donation to help Mercer Street Friends acheive their mission.

Dear Friends,Over the past few months, Mercer Street Friends has continued to experience an increase in demand for serv...
12/21/2020

Dear Friends,

Over the past few months, Mercer Street Friends has continued to experience an increase in demand for services unlike any other time in our 62-year history. Volunteers and financial contributors have allowed Mercer Street Friends staff and community partners to do what we must in order to serve a community in distress. We can’t thank you enough for your support in order to ensure our neighbors are fed, educated and offered resources that assist them in overcoming the trauma of poverty and the COVID-19 pandemic.

As winter and the holidays are upon us and we look to the close of 2020, my sincere hope is that you recognize the impact you’ve had on Mercer Street Friends this Fall:

*Between September 4, 2020 and December 11, 2020, nearly 11,000 weekend Community Food Bags were offered to our neighbors.

*Since March 20, 2020, #MercerStFriends and our community partners – churches, schools, community centers and senior centers - have distributed 45,000 Community Food Bags, totaling 720,000 meals.

*Mercer Street Friends Food Bank distributed 4,800 Thanksgiving turkeys (a 60% increase from 2019) to 50 partner agencies and 47 mobile food pantries.

*On December 18th, in collaboration with our friends at Rolling Harvest, Mercer Street Friends distributed 1,000 holiday turkeys.

*A need for Food Bank expansion pre-pandemic was exacerbated by the substantial increase in demand since March and we are in the process of adding 10,000 square feet of space, conveniently right next door to our existing 15,000 square feet warehouse!

*For over 15 years, Bloomberg Corporate Philanthropy has donated thousands of new winter coats for our neighbors. This year was no different. We received 360 new winter coats that have been distributed to students in the Trenton Community Schools program at Gregory Elementary and Rivera Community Middle School, Mercer Street Friends Preschool and to families who participate in the Mercer Street Friends Parent and Family Engagement program. #cs4trenton #CommunitySchools

*We are leading a mentoring program to battle chronic absenteeism at Rivera School supported by the All Kids Thrive initiative sponsored by the Princeton Area Community Foundation.

*In January, under the leadership of Principal Jeanette Harris and in partnership with the Center for Child and Family Achievement, we will help launch the Reading Specialist program at Gregory School, designed to address the academic slide students are experiencing due to the pandemic.

*Our youngest students at Mercer Street Friends Preschool received wish list gifts from Quakertown Friends New Jersey Meeting as well gift cards from the 3rd grade class of the Newtown Friends School.

These are just a few examples of the initiatives made possible by the generosity of individuals, families, businesses, corporations, associations, and foundations. Mercer Street Friends has much to be grateful for this year and we look to you with our deep appreciation and the comforting knowledge that serving our neighbors is a shared priority with so many who support us.

On behalf of Mercer Street Friends Board of Trustees, staff, volunteers and all we serve, we thank you and wish you peace during this holiday season and happiness in the new year.

Sincerely,

Bernie Flynn
CEO

Dear Friends,

Over the past few months, Mercer Street Friends has continued to experience an increase in demand for services unlike any other time in our 62-year history. Volunteers and financial contributors have allowed Mercer Street Friends staff and community partners to do what we must in order to serve a community in distress. We can’t thank you enough for your support in order to ensure our neighbors are fed, educated and offered resources that assist them in overcoming the trauma of poverty and the COVID-19 pandemic.

As winter and the holidays are upon us and we look to the close of 2020, my sincere hope is that you recognize the impact you’ve had on Mercer Street Friends this Fall:

*Between September 4, 2020 and December 11, 2020, nearly 11,000 weekend Community Food Bags were offered to our neighbors.

*Since March 20, 2020, #MercerStFriends and our community partners – churches, schools, community centers and senior centers - have distributed 45,000 Community Food Bags, totaling 720,000 meals.

*Mercer Street Friends Food Bank distributed 4,800 Thanksgiving turkeys (a 60% increase from 2019) to 50 partner agencies and 47 mobile food pantries.

*On December 18th, in collaboration with our friends at Rolling Harvest, Mercer Street Friends distributed 1,000 holiday turkeys.

*A need for Food Bank expansion pre-pandemic was exacerbated by the substantial increase in demand since March and we are in the process of adding 10,000 square feet of space, conveniently right next door to our existing 15,000 square feet warehouse!

*For over 15 years, Bloomberg Corporate Philanthropy has donated thousands of new winter coats for our neighbors. This year was no different. We received 360 new winter coats that have been distributed to students in the Trenton Community Schools program at Gregory Elementary and Rivera Community Middle School, Mercer Street Friends Preschool and to families who participate in the Mercer Street Friends Parent and Family Engagement program. #cs4trenton #CommunitySchools

*We are leading a mentoring program to battle chronic absenteeism at Rivera School supported by the All Kids Thrive initiative sponsored by the Princeton Area Community Foundation.

*In January, under the leadership of Principal Jeanette Harris and in partnership with the Center for Child and Family Achievement, we will help launch the Reading Specialist program at Gregory School, designed to address the academic slide students are experiencing due to the pandemic.

*Our youngest students at Mercer Street Friends Preschool received wish list gifts from Quakertown Friends New Jersey Meeting as well gift cards from the 3rd grade class of the Newtown Friends School.

These are just a few examples of the initiatives made possible by the generosity of individuals, families, businesses, corporations, associations, and foundations. Mercer Street Friends has much to be grateful for this year and we look to you with our deep appreciation and the comforting knowledge that serving our neighbors is a shared priority with so many who support us.

On behalf of Mercer Street Friends Board of Trustees, staff, volunteers and all we serve, we thank you and wish you peace during this holiday season and happiness in the new year.

Sincerely,

Bernie Flynn
CEO

Emergency Food Distribution Friday, December 18th at the Cure Arena from 12pm to 2pm.  #MercerStFriends
12/16/2020

Emergency Food Distribution Friday, December 18th at the Cure Arena from 12pm to 2pm. #MercerStFriends

Mercer Street Friends is filled with gratitude!  St. Ann's School delivered 1,331 pounds of food to our Food Bank, Kinde...
12/04/2020

Mercer Street Friends is filled with gratitude! St. Ann's School delivered 1,331 pounds of food to our Food Bank, KinderCare - Robbinsville answered with 195 pounds of food and The Learning Experience - Hamilton offered 215 pounds of food, with a special message created by the students to our staff and volunteers!

Students Change Hunger is a statewide initiative and one that makes an incredible difference in the lives of those in need and in the lives of students! The program ends on Friday, December 18th. Visit www.studentschangehunger.org to register your school or contact Brian Peterson at [email protected] for more information!

#MercerStFriends #studentschangehunger

12/02/2020
Gratitude from Mercer Street FriendsDuring the most challenging days and the ones that are more peaceful, you have stood...
12/01/2020

Gratitude from Mercer Street Friends

During the most challenging days and the ones that are more peaceful, you have stood with Mercer Street Friends, offering great compassion and support for our neighbors in Trenton and Mercer County. As we begin the final month of 2020, Mercer Street Friends gives thanks today, and each day, for the confidence of the community and the unwavering commitment of our donors and volunteers. Together, we are nourishing minds and bodies and empowering families and communities.

Thank you.
#MercerStFriends #foodfriends #CommunitySchools #cs4trenton

Gratitude from Mercer Street Friends

During the most challenging days and the ones that are more peaceful, you have stood with Mercer Street Friends, offering great compassion and support for our neighbors in Trenton and Mercer County. As we begin the final month of 2020, Mercer Street Friends gives thanks today, and each day, for the confidence of the community and the unwavering commitment of our donors and volunteers. Together, we are nourishing minds and bodies and empowering families and communities.

Thank you.
#MercerStFriends #foodfriends #CommunitySchools #cs4trenton

Tune in to NJTV on Saturday, November 7th at 5:30pmto watch Mercer Street Friends CEO, Bernie Flynn, discuss our work in...
11/05/2020

Tune in to NJTV on Saturday, November 7th at 5:30pm
to watch Mercer Street Friends CEO, Bernie Flynn, discuss our work in the community during the pandemic on State of Affairs with Steve Adubato. #MercerStFriends

Tune in to NJTV on Saturday, November 7th at 5:30pm
to watch Mercer Street Friends CEO, Bernie Flynn, discuss our work in the community during the pandemic on State of Affairs with Steve Adubato. #MercerStFriends

Learn about Mercer Street Friends Free Preschool Program today! #MercerStFriends
11/03/2020

Learn about Mercer Street Friends Free Preschool Program today! #MercerStFriends

Learn about Mercer Street Friends Free Preschool Program today! #MercerStFriends

Join us for the (VIRTUAL) 8th Annual Mercer County Turkey Trot!  Beginning Saturday, November 21 through Sunday, Novembe...
11/02/2020

Join us for the (VIRTUAL) 8th Annual Mercer County Turkey Trot! Beginning Saturday, November 21 through Sunday, November 29, participants may walk or run a 5k or 1 mile course. Mercer Street Friends is grateful to be a beneficiary of the proceeds collected from the event! Register by November 5th to receive that collectible Official Race Shirt! Not able join the race? Consider making a gift today at www.mercercountyturkeytrot.com #MercerStFriends

Join us for the (VIRTUAL) 8th Annual Mercer County Turkey Trot! Beginning Saturday, November 21 through Sunday, November 29, participants may walk or run a 5k or 1 mile course. Mercer Street Friends is grateful to be a beneficiary of the proceeds collected from the event! Register by November 5th to receive that collectible Official Race Shirt! Not able join the race? Consider making a gift today at www.mercercountyturkeytrot.com #MercerStFriends

Mercer Street Friends thanks @First Energy Foundation for a gift dedicated to our Food Bank. Pictured here are James Mar...
10/22/2020

Mercer Street Friends thanks @First Energy Foundation for a gift dedicated to our Food Bank. Pictured here are James Markey, Regional External Affairs Consultant - NJ and James “Butter” Allen, Director, #MercerStFriends Food Bank.

Mercer Street Friends thanks @First Energy Foundation for a gift dedicated to our Food Bank. Pictured here are James Markey, Regional External Affairs Consultant - NJ and James “Butter” Allen, Director, #MercerStFriends Food Bank.

Mercer Street Friends welcomes back our 2018 Governor’s Cup Champion Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Fraternity– The College of Ne...
10/19/2020

Mercer Street Friends welcomes back our 2018 Governor’s Cup Champion Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Fraternity– The College of New Jersey to Students Change Hunger!
To learn about how your school and college can be a part of the #StudentsChangeHunger competition this year, register at www.studentschangehunger.org

Join Allentown High School, St. Ann School and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Fraternity – TCNJ TODAY!

Mercer Street Friends welcomes back our 2018 Governor’s Cup Champion Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Fraternity– The College of New Jersey to Students Change Hunger!
To learn about how your school and college can be a part of the #StudentsChangeHunger competition this year, register at www.studentschangehunger.org

Join Allentown High School, St. Ann School and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Fraternity – TCNJ TODAY!

Celebrate 30 years of Check-Out Hunger!Attention Shoppers!  Join neighbors in supporting Check-Out Hunger at participati...
10/16/2020

Celebrate 30 years of Check-Out Hunger!

Attention Shoppers! Join neighbors in supporting Check-Out Hunger at participating supermarkets including: Wegmans, @Marrazzo's, Pennington Quality Market, McCaffrey's Food Markets, ShopRite, Stop & Shop, QuickChek and Wawa! Each time you make an in store purchase, you’ll have a chance to add a donation of $1, $3, and $5 at check out, directly benefiting Mercer Street Friends’ work in the community to address food insecurity. This campaign runs through March 2021.

#MercerStFriends is grateful to our long-time partner stores for their work to alleviate hunger in Mercer County and we thank our community for supporting this campaign for 30 years! #checkouthunger

To learn more, please contact Brian Peterson: [email protected]

Celebrate 30 years of Check-Out Hunger!

Attention Shoppers! Join neighbors in supporting Check-Out Hunger at participating supermarkets including: Wegmans, @Marrazzo's, Pennington Quality Market, McCaffrey's Food Markets, ShopRite, Stop & Shop, QuickChek and Wawa! Each time you make an in store purchase, you’ll have a chance to add a donation of $1, $3, and $5 at check out, directly benefiting Mercer Street Friends’ work in the community to address food insecurity. This campaign runs through March 2021.

#MercerStFriends is grateful to our long-time partner stores for their work to alleviate hunger in Mercer County and we thank our community for supporting this campaign for 30 years! #checkouthunger

To learn more, please contact Brian Peterson: [email protected]

Address

151 Mercer St
Trenton, NJ
08611

Opening Hours

Monday 8:30am - 4:30pm
Tuesday 8:30am - 4:30pm
Wednesday 8:30am - 4:30pm
Thursday 8:30am - 4:30pm
Friday 8:30am - 4:30pm

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(609) 396-1506

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