Trenton Area Soup Kitchen Launches Mobile Meals Initiative to Combat Food Insecurity

Trenton, New York – The Trenton Area Soup Kitchen (TASK), with a distinguished history of over 40 years providing meals to individuals facing food insecurity, has embarked on a significant new venture. On [DATE], TASK Executive Director Joyce Campbell officially launched the TASK food truck, a mobile meals program designed to address hunger within Trenton’s most vulnerable communities.

This innovative project specifically targets residents who may face transportation limitations or other mobility challenges, including those without access to childcare. The food truck, with a capacity to distribute 500 meals per stop according to TASK COO Paul Jensen, will deliver TASK’s signature nutritious and well-balanced meals directly to neighborhoods, enhancing convenience and accessibility for residents.


Initially, the program will prioritize three key demographics disproportionately affected by hunger: families with children, seniors, and chronically homeless individuals. These groups have witnessed the most significant growth in TASK meal site attendance over the past 18 months, highlighting their vulnerability.

Furthermore, many individuals consistently cite transportation as a significant barrier to obtaining reliable access to food. By bringing “more meals, more places,” TASK strives to overcome these critical roadblocks to food security and positively impact the well-being of Trenton’s most at-risk residents.

The TASK food truck initiative represents a novel step towards the organization’s longstanding objective of eradicating hunger in Trenton. This goal presents a formidable challenge, considering an estimated 27% of the city’s population and a staggering 37% of children live below the poverty line, figures exceeding the state average by more than double.

The past 18 months have witnessed a dramatic rise in the number of individuals seeking assistance from TASK. This surge is attributed to a confluence of factors, including rising consumer costs, stagnant wages, a lack of affordable housing, and the expiration of various pandemic-era support programs. These nationwide trends have significantly impacted vulnerable populations.

A recent report by the U.S. Department of Agriculture revealed a concerning rise in national food insecurity, with nearly 17 million households struggling to access adequate food. This represents an increase of approximately 3.5 million households compared to the prior year, reversing a previous trend of declining hunger rates. Notably, seniors and families with children have been disproportionately affected by this resurgence.

In response to this escalating need, TASK’s kitchen currently prepares and serves over 11,000 meals per week, surpassing prior records and nearly doubling its pre-pandemic output. Beyond its primary Escher Street dining room, TASK has expanded its reach through a network of 36 additional community meal sites spanning Mercer County and extending into Bucks County, Pennsylvania.

Significantly, a TASK press release identifies Trenton as a food desert, where a substantial portion of the population resides more than half a mile from any of the city’s limited grocery stores. This geographic disadvantage, coupled with transportation difficulties, further exacerbates residents’ efforts to secure essential food supplies.

The TASK food truck initiative stands as a testament to the organization’s unwavering commitment to combating food insecurity in Trenton. By addressing the specific needs of vulnerable populations and expanding access to nutritious meals, TASK strives to create a more food-secure future for the city’s residents.