Food for the hungry in Princeton


Ross Wishnick, head of Send Hunger Packing-Princeton.

Ross Wishnick

Lance Liverman

Lance Liverman

Princeton University students, in a current online column in the Princeton Packet, are commended for their upcoming Truckfest, with proceeds from the event to go to nearby anti-hunger charities.

Civic activists Lance Liverman and Ross Wishnick also ask for volunteers and for donations “you may be able to spare” from the Princeton University community, so that the meals can be provided more frequently than just on Tuesdays.

Here’s more from Pam Hersh, in her “Loose Ends” column:

[Lance] Liverman and Human Services Commissioner Ross Wishnick were the brainstormers behind a new free meal program in Princeton. Mr. Liverman took the idea to his church, the First Baptist Church of Princeton, which connected with the Trenton Area Soup Kitchen (TASK), to produce a weekly (every Tuesday) free meal program, beginning May 5, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Everyone is welcome — no questions asked — to come to the church’s lower auditorium (at Paul Robeson Place and Green Street) to get a takeout meal that may be enjoyed on site or at home…

Lance encourages everyone in the neighborhood — whether or not they need food — to stop by and socialize and “get to know your fellow citizens. Also, we always could use volunteers and any donations you may be able to spare. It would be great if we could do this more than once a week, but that takes volunteer power and dollars. It would be great to get a group from the university to come by on a regular basis,” he said, praising the various volunteer services provided by Princeton University students…

Princeton University students are raising money Saturday for food security charities in Trenton and the region. All 11 of the Princeton University Eating Clubs on Prospect Avenue, in conjunction with the Pace Council for Civic Values, are hosting TruckFest from 2 to 6 p.m. on Prospect Avenue (which will be closed from Washington Road to Olden Street). Food trucks will be parked in front of each eating club and selling the specialties prepared by the eating club chefs.”

That last sentence, however, isn’t quite right. Yes, food trucks will be parked in front of the Eating Clubs, but they will be selling their own specialties, not items prepared by eating club chefs, said Jennifer Cohan, a volunteer publicist for the student organizers.