The Corella and Bertram R. Bonner Foundation has awarded $40,000 to the Crisis Ministry of Mercer County to support the Crisis Ministry’s hunger prevention and housing stability programs for 2013. The hunger prevention program helps keep heart-healthy foods, including non-perishables and fresh produce, available to families that experience food insecurity.
The Bonner Foundation is a long-time supporter of the Crisis Ministry. It supports anti-poverty programs in the area of hunger and education, and concentrates many of its efforts in Central New Jersey, supporting 25 community-based and educational institutions that combat poverty, especially in the area of hunger. The foundation also supports the Bonner Scholar and Bonner Leader Programs, four-year, service-based college scholarship programs at more than 75 colleges and universities across the country that provide more than 3,200 students a year with access to education and an opportunity to do community service.
“The Bonner Foundation’s consistent and generous support is vital to our programs and has an important impact on food security and housing stability in our community” said Carolyn Biondi, Executive Director of the Crisis Ministry.
The Crisis Ministry of Mercer County, Inc. is a non-profit organization founded in 1980 by Nassau Presbyterian Church and Trinity Church. The organization provides assistance to about 5,000 households each year through initiatives that address hunger insecurity, nutrition education, housing stability, homelessness prevention, job readiness and employment stability. The organization also conducts weekly bilingual nutrition classes with the Rutgers Extension Service and quarterly “lunch and learn” health screenings with partner Capital Health System’s Community Health Education Department.