Starbucks to donate $100K to Trenton, Mercer County groups fighting food insecurity

The exterior of the Starbucks, open for both walk-in and drive-thru customers. (Courtesy photo)

Starbucks will make a $100,000 grant to various groups and city leaders in Trenton and Mercer County on Thursday afternoon in an effort to fight food insecurity in the area.

Leaders from Mercer Street Friends (Mercer County’s anti-poverty organization focusing on food, families and education) and the Community FoodBank of New Jersey will join Trenton Public Schools Superintendent James Earle and Trenton Mayor Reed Gusciora at the Starbucks location at 102 S. Warren St. in Trenton.

The organizations will work together at the Starbucks Community Store in Trenton to pack bags of food for Mercer Street Friends’ Send Hunger Packing program, which helps feed food-insecure students over the weekend, when they don’t have access to school meals.

The $100,000 equitable access grant provided by Starbucks will benefit more than 1,200 students at 11 different schools, as they will receive the weekend bags of food each Friday.

Bags provided through Send Hunger Packing contain healthy, kid-friendly foods, such as cereal, oatmeal, peanut butter, jelly, juice boxes and more.

The grant is part of a $1.7 million commitment by Starbucks to Feeding America food banks in support of efforts to increase access to nutritious food among households with individuals who are Black, indigenous and people of color in communities experiencing high food insecurity rates.