On Sunday September 24 Send Hunger Packing Princeton (SHUPP) will hold our 5th annual fundraiser to help us further our mission of providing children in the Princeton community with child-friendly supplemental meals at times when there might not otherwise be enough food to go around.
The theme of this years event is Salsa and Salsa as we bring Princeton together for an afternoon of great salsa, great music and great dancing for a great cause.
This year the event will be MC’d by celebrity chef Roberta Pipito and will feature a contest to determine which local restaurant makes the best salsa in Princeton. In addition there will be a salsa dancing exhibition and every adult ticket purchased comes with a beautiful one of a kind, handmade bowl, crafted especially for SHUPP by Adam Welch.
The Date: Sunday, September 24, 2017
The Time: Registration begins at 1:00 PM
The event kicks off at 1:30 and runs until 3:30 PM
The Place: Hinds Plaza
next to the Princeton Library
The Cost: Adult Tickets - $50
Children under 10 - $25
Children under 5 - FREE
Please spread the word
Children can’t thrive on an empty stomach, therefor we need your help to ensure Princeton isn’t a place where food insecurity is a roadblock to learning.
Please donate to Send Hunger Packing Princeton. We are an all volunteer initiative working in partnership with Mercer Street Friends, a well respected area 501(c)3.
In addition, spread the word about Send Hunger Packing Princeton and food insecurity in our community. The more people who are aware of the problem and our efforts to combat it, the more children in our community are helped.
Children should hunger for knowledge, not breakfast.
Between 500 and 600 kids in Princeton Public Schools, equating to 2 to 3 kids in each classroom, are eligible for free and reduced price lunches from the Federal government or just miss the qualifying income thresholds. While this may provide food for them during the week, there is no support available on the weekends, holidays and over the summer.
Eligibility for the “free and reduced” program doesn’t necessarily mean that one is food insecure, but it is a major indicator. Additionally, there are kids who may not qualify for this program who may still from time to time be food insecure.
We know that poor nutrition and learning are at odds. When children arrive to school on Monday morning, they have a need to be properly fed in order to be ready to learn, and Send Hunger Packing Princeton was formed to make that possible.