It is that time of year again.

The 2019 State of Robbinsville Township “Pay It Forward” Event will be held on Tuesday, April 30 at The Stone Terrace by John Henry’s.

This year’s beneficiary is Mercer Street Friends Food Bank of Ewing and its “Send Hunger Packing” program, which feeds hundreds of children annually throughout Mercer County and elsewhere. Robbinsville Township and its Hydroponic Farm partnered with MSF about a year ago, and we have donated hundreds of heads of organically-grown lettuce to the food bank to distribute throughout the area.

While reports of a thriving economy may be the case for some, please keep in mind there are hundreds, if not thousands of children and families that are at risk for “food insecurity.” In addition to raising funds during our annual State of Robbinsville Township event, we also are conducting a community-wide food drive underway now until April 26. The following food items are needed:

  • 1 or 2 percent reduced-fat shelf stable milk
  • Single-serving cereal bowls or boxes
  • “Tuna-to-Go” pouches (or equivalent)
  • Chef Boyardee microwavable bowls and microwave canned soup
  • Natural peanut butter (18-ounce jars)
  • Toothbrushes and toothpaste
  • Single-serving fruit cups, applesauce and similar, reduced sugar grape jelly (plastic container/14-18 ounce)
  • 100 percent juice boxes, organic entrees or snacks (non-perishable)
  • Kind brand healthy food bars and similar.

When donating, please be sure all expiration dates are good through June 2019. Donation boxes will be available at the Senior Center adjacent to the library, the Township Municipal Building (2298 Route 33), the Robbinsville Township Police Department (1117 Route 130) and the Robbinsville Township Fire Department (1149 Route 130).

For more information on the food drive, this year’s State of Robbinsville Township “Pay it Forward” event or Mercer Street Friends, please contact Jodi Stephens in my office at (609) 259-3600, ext. 1102.

Thank you for your continued generosity as we take yet another giant leap with our ground-breaking “Pay it Forward” events, which have raised close to $250,000 for local individuals, families and organizations since 2015.

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Calling on all builders and developers large and small who have done business with, or are in the process of, developing land in Robbinsville. We want to hear from you.

With 6.7 million square feet of ratables valued at over $245 million secured since 2005, our past successes are virtually unrivaled in the state, as we take great pride in our ability to bring projects in on time and on budget.

For those who feel our town is overdeveloped, keep in mind we also have balanced that by preserving more than 1,440 acres of open space since 2000—more than any other municipality in Mercer County.

But we also know there is always room to improve. As we look to the future, especially regarding projects along the Route 130 corridor and Town Center South, we want to hear from those professionals as to what we do well, what we may not do so well, and how we can improve our processes from a planning, zoning, permitting and building standpoint.

If you are interested in providing your honest thoughts and opinions, feel free to email us now at: mayor@robbinsville.net.

As always, thank you for your valued feedback.

Dave Fried is the Mayor of Robbinsville Township