TASK

Rating: 4.89 stars   28 reviews

Issues: Education, Food

Location: 72 1/2 Escher Street PO Box 872 Trenton NJ 08605 USA

Mission: The Trenton Area Soup Kitchen (TASK) feeds those who are hungry in the Trenton area and offers programs to encourage self-sufficiency and improve the quality of life of its patrons.
Results: Last year, TASK served 195,000 meals to the truly needy. While our main facility is located in North Trenton, we also partner with churches and social service agencies to provide meal service from satellite locations in South Trenton, West Trenton, Hightstown, and Princeton. TASK serves over 4,000 meals each week. Our Adult Education Program (AEP) has about 100 students and seventy volunteer tutors. This past year, twenty-one students passed the GED test; nine are taking college courses, two have entered job training programs, four are now gainfully employed. Over the course of a year, more than half of our students improve reading and/or math by at least one grade level. TASK’s performing arts group, The SHARE Project, improves participant self-esteem and provides access to the performing arts. The group meets twice a week and performs live music and original poetry about thirty times a year at various venues throughout the area. The TASK Social Worker sees about 350 clients each month, making hundreds of referrals to help clients find employment, affordable housing, enter rehabilitation programs, and fill medical prescriptions. TASK's Thanksgiving and Holiday “Adopt A Family” programs assist approximately 100 families with children. Through our Patron Services, TASK distributed 2,600 hygiene kits (20 hygiene kits each day) including soap, shampoo, deodorant, razor, toothbrush, toothpaste, and a washcloth. Due to high demand and low supply, each patron may receive a hygiene kit only once a month. Other programs that we provide include mail distribution, phone/fax machine usage, Internet access in our computer lab, Arts & Ideas Program, Holiday Gift Distribution, Patron Birthday Celebration, etc. For seven consecutive years, TASK has been awarded the highest 4-star rating from Charity Navigator for operating efficiently and for consistently executing its mission in a fiscally responsible way.
Target demographics: Those who come to TASK include the elderly, the addicted, the mentally ill, the physically challenged, veterans, recent immigrants, families with children,the working poor, and the newly unemployed. Our services are provided unconditionally.
Geographic areas served: Greater Mercer County, New Jersey
Programs: TASK serves lunch Monday - Friday and dinner Monday - Thursday from our main location on Escher Street. TASK also serves additional dinner Monday - Thursday from satellite locations in South Trenton, Thursdays from West Trenton, Mondays and Thursdays from satellite sites in Hightstown, and Wednesdays in Princeton. We serve approximately 4,000 meals each week. Our meal service is unconditional. The TASK Adult Education Program (AEP) offers one-on-one tutoring Monday - Friday from 9:00am - 11:00am, Monday - Thursday from 2:00pm - 4:00pm, or by appointment. The AEP offers training in basic literacy, basic skills, GED preparation, and computer skills. This program was established in 1992 and has helped hundreds of individuals improve basic skills, pass the GED test, enter job training programs, and obtain employment. TASK's performing arts program, The SHARE Project, aims to provide access to the Arts and to use the performing arts as a tool to improve the self-esteem of participants. The group meets Mondays for a jam session followed by an open mic and Thursdays to read, perform, and critique original creative writing. Other TASK services include a full-time, on-site Social Worker, Hygiene Kit Distribution, Special Holiday Programs for Children, Phone/Mail/Fax Machine Service, Arts & Ideas Program, and Patron Birthday Celebrations.

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Rating: 5 stars  

The workers at this organization were really helpful with my future education, talent and volunteer work.
The tutors also were very helpful and on top of that breakfast is amazing as well as lunch. I obtain my GED/High School Diploma and made some good friends along the way. Thanks everyone for your support. Awesomeness! I would also like to thank "Richard" my tutor for long hours of work, we did it.
Thank everyone

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

NOT, instead need a bigger building.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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Rating: 5 stars  

Volunteering at TASK was such a great experience for me. I assisted with prepping and serving food for the community, and everyone I came in contact with was so appreciative and grateful. TASK taught me that volunteering is not a job, but an outlet to express and release love for your fellow man/woman. Without a doubt, I will show up at TASK as often as possible to help them with their goal of reaching out to as many people as possible.

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Rating: 5 stars  

TASK has always been my place of choice to volunteer my time and to donate items. Without fail, whenever I stopped by, the staff always greeted me with the utmost respect and in the friendliest manner. Any task that TASK needed my help with (helping with serving and cleaning), always made me feel like I received just as much love and appreciation as I and the organization provided to the community.

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Rating: 5 stars  

Immediately walking into TASK, I felt blessed and honored to be part of this organization. Literally everyone greeted me with a smile and a "Thank You" for showing up to assist with their remarkable cause. In just one day TASK made such a positive impression on me that I personally vowed to volunteer on a scheduled basis. I can honestly say that volunteering at TASK feels more like getting together with family, for a great time, and not work at all.

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Rating: 5 stars  

TASK is a great place with amazing people. I will always volunteer with TASK, when time allows, because it starts with the employees. It is very apparent that each employee you come in contact with is dedicated to TASK and to helping their patrons become exceptional members of society. While tutoring at TASK, I met one gentleman who had a daughter the same age as me and it was through our experience he remembered that he needed to call her for her birthday the following week. This brief experience while tutoring was mutually beneficial because while I was helping him with math, he was helping me become an even more well-rounded person who really felt that I was making a difference in his life. Furthermore, the patrons at TASK are SO multi-talented. I am excited to see where this organization will be within the next few years. Keep up the Great WORK!

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

find a larger facility to accommodate even more people.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have donated several times to TASK and every time I drop off they are extremely friendly and appreciative. My husband and I "adopted" a family for the holidays last year and when we went to drop off the presents for the family that we chose, we were greeted by a very professional and friendly staff that gave us a tour of the facility and explained all of their programs. What they do there is wonderful and we look forward to many more years of donating!

Was your donation impactful?

Definitely

How likely is it that you would recommend that a friend donate to this group?

Definitely

How likely are you to donate to this group again?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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Rating: 5 stars  

TASK is an amazing place! Our program has had the privilege of becoming one on their sites outside of the city of Trenton. The quality of the meals that they provide is outstanding--our clients look forward to lunch every day and for many of them it is their best meal of the day. The staff is very caring and professional. They have also shared donations with our clients ranging from hygiene kits to special deserts. Please consider supporting TASK!

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Provide them with funds to enable them to serve even more people.

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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Rating: 5 stars  

I started volunteering with TASK as a tutor last summer and continue to come back as often as I can to help out in the school and with meals. TASK is an amazing organization full of amazing people, both staff and patrons. To express my appreciation after my experience last summer, I wrote a letter to Kelly, the director of the adult education program that I would like to share:

Dear Kelly,

I want to thank you for the amazing opportunity to be a tutor at TASK this summer. I have found the experience to be incredibly rewarding and only hope that I have given back half as much as I have gotten out of it. I am very impressed by all of the work that you do and think that the Adult Education Program is truly exceptional. Despite living in Pennington, before this summerI had only been to Trenton a handful of times in my life. However, through this experience, I feel that I have become a member of the community. The student are all so engaging, respectful and active learners and I am constantly stunned by all of the hard work that they put in. I really credit you so much for putting together such a strong program. I love the feeling of inclusive that there is in every session. Thank you again; I really admire everything that you are doing.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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Role: General Member of the Public
Rating: 5 stars  

4 people found this review helpful

My name is eric and I was a homeless drug addict before going to task one day I walked in for a meal and ended up talking to someone about the ged program 3 months later I had my ged and was helping others study for their ged. Now I have my own apartment and a job. My family back in my life and I'm drug free for 13 months nowi owe task my life

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Nothing its perfect

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2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

We have donated cupcakes, pumpkins, hygiene products, and Christmas presents for a family of four.

All email & phone correspondence has been prompt & pleasant, while the staff & volunteers are always happy to help unload a trunk full of goods so that I wouldn't have to do it piecemeal while my own two children are waiting in the car!

Once my children are old enough, we will be volunteering at their meal service in town.

Compared to other organizations I've volunteered for, TASK doesn't flood your inbox with requests, the staff & volunteers are pleasant without prompting, and it feels like they actually appreciate your help, however large or small.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Help with their online presence so a chart of "what we need" would track items & email doners when pantry supplies are low.

Was your donation impactful?

Likely

How likely is it that you would recommend that a friend donate to this group?

Definitely

How likely are you to donate to this group again?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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