Janssen Pharmaceuticals awarded the Mercer Street Friends Food Bank a grant of $20,000 to improve access to and consumption of healthy food for low-income people facing food hardships and shortages. The funding will help provide nutritious food to food insecure populations; educating people about good nutrition and equip them with tools to improve their eating habits.
Each week, the Mercer Street Friends Food Bank channels 50,000 to 60,000 pounds of food and groceries to food pantries, shelters, soup kitchens and meal sites. The food, secured from government sources, food companies, farms, food drives and private donations, helps to feed 25,000 food insecure residents of Mercer County. Ninety percent of the food distributed by the Mercer Street Friends meets the Dietary Guidelines for Americans and the USDA Food Pyramid/My Plate Guidelines.