The Princeton Mobile Food Pantry is a grassroots organization that has operated in various forms since 2010. In 2017, we established a partnership with the Mercer Street Friends Food Bank and offered a weekly pickup for more than 300 people at the Henry Pannell Learning Center. Under COVID-19, we became independent and mobile, changed our name to the Princeton Mobile Food Pantry, and shifted to biweekly deliveries of fresh groceries to more than 500 food-insecure people. Our primary focus is on families with children in the Princeton Public Schools who represent a broad range of people in terms of age, race, identity, background, and mobility. A volunteer-led collective, we support our neighbors through various networks and collaboration with community partners.
To date, we have supplied nearly 3,000 orders of fresh groceries to our neighbors in need and have referred more than 30 people to partner organizations. We have engaged nearly 100 volunteers ranging from age 4 (food drive) to senior citizens (making deliveries), all stepping up to help nourish families in our community.
The Princeton Mobile Food Pantry team would like to thank our many volunteers and supporters – from the food packers to the delivery people to the financial donors to the countless organizations that have helped to address food insecurity in Princeton:
McCaffrey’s Food Market Princeton
Princeton Mutual Aid
Cornerstone Community Kitchen
I Support the Girls
The Golden Lotus Project
The Bag Project
Princeton Community Democratic Organization
R + K=Smiles
BEACON (Black Educators Affirming Coalition Opportunities and Network)
Community Park, Johnson Park, Riverside, Littlebrook and PUMS school gardens
Morven Museum and Garden
Honey Brook Organic Farm
Whole Foods Market
Share My Meals
Small World Coffee
Mercer Street Friends Food Bank
The Bagel Nook
The Chinese Christian Community
The Jewish Center of Princeton
Princeton Unified Middle School PTO
Princeton Charter School
Farminary at Princeton Theological Seminary
…and the hundreds of private donors and volunteers who have made our efforts possible.
However, our work is still not done and the need remains very high due to the ongoing pandemic. We are seeking to raise $20,000 in order to provide fresh groceries to our neighbors through the end of 2020. Please consider supporting the Princeton Mobile Food Pantry and help us continue to help our neighbors by making a financial donation, and being a bright spot in this very difficult year.
Amy Lansky for the Princeton Mobile Food Pantry Team
Ways to donate:
PayPal – avoid fees – donate via your PayPal account using a bank transfer or PayPal balance, and select Sending to a friend.
Venmo – @pmfpantry (last four digits: 7574)