The Pulse of the Community: Strike Out Hunger Initiative
Community Meal Packing Event
UWGMC hosted its 5th Annual Strike Out Hunger community meal packing and surpassed the goal of 75,000 meals and packed 85,740 meals of fortified soup. The meals will benefit food pantries throughout Mercer County. More than 450 participants from 21 corporations and organizations including: Ashley's Quest, Bristol Myers Squibb, Hilton Garden Inn-Hamilton, Kiwanis of Trenton, Northwestern Mutual, PamTen and Robert Half joined the fight against hunger.
UWGMC proudly thanks its sponsors: Horizon NJ Health, NJM Insurance Group, Wells Fargo, Investors Bank, M&T Bank, PNC Bank, Johnson & Johnson and St. Francis Medical Center. Strike Out Hunger is in partnership with: Mercer Street Friends Food Bank and Rolling Harvest Food Rescue.
UWGMC introduced fresh produce distribution to the Strike Out Hunger Initiative. This is possible through a new partnership with Rolling Harvest Food Rescue, a non-profit that works with local farmers to share fresh produce with food-insecure communities. The fresh produce will go to food pantries throughout Mercer County.
Interested in assisting with fresh produce distribution? Contact Denise Daniels at firstname.lastname@example.org for more details.
UWGMC awarded grants to 6 organizations that focus on summer hunger. The funding will allow the organizations to address the increased need for food during the summer months. The grantees are as follows:
Arm In Arm $7,500
Capital Area YMCA $10,000
Catholic Youth Organization (CYO)- Bromley Center $5,000
Jewish Family and Children's Service $7,500
Mercer Street Friends Food Bank $10,000
Mount Carmel Guild $12,000
UWGMC would like to thank members of the 2019 Strike Out Hunger Committee for their expertise, time and efforts!
A note from our President & CEO
The issue of food insecurity increases in the summer for our Mercer County neighbors already struggling to make ends meet. UWGMC's Strike Out Hunger Initiative addresses this issue by hosting a meal packing event, supporting fresh produce distribution,giving grants to non-profits and an awareness campaign. Therefore, I encourage you to get involved in our efforts against summer hunger.
Corporate Engagement Corner
Bristol Myers Squibb employees created "Grow A Garden Kits." The kits will encourage children to eat healthy and it is a great way for them to learn where food comes from. The kits will benefit the Boys And Girls Club Learning Garden.
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Thanks For Your Support!
The following companies support United Way of Greater Mercer County's mission through workplace giving, corporate engagement, or have chosen to designate their donations to a partner non-profit. Click to view list