Yes We CAN! Food Drives

yes we canWhat is Yes We CAN! Food Drives?

Yes We CAN! Food Drives is a volunteer group that works to alleviate hunger in Mercer County by holding food drives year-round at area supermarkets and farmers’ markets. The donated food is collected on behalf of the families and individuals who use the food pantries operated by The Crisis Ministry of Mercer County.

To learn more about The Crisis Ministry and the people it serves in the community, view this compelling video.

Yes We CAN! Food Drives Makes a Big Impact — In 2015 alone, volunteers and supporters of Yes We CAN! Food Drives collected 26,000 pounds of fresh produce and nonperishable food for our pantries’ users — and, since 2008, a total of nearly 300,000 pounds. That is almost 150 tons of food, making Yes We CAN! Food Drives the largest single food drive donor to The Crisis Ministry. 

Yes We CAN 2016 scheduleHow Do the Food Drives operate?

Each year, Yes We CAN! organizes up to eighteen food drives at the site of one of our endlessly generous partners:

• McCaffrey’s in Princeton
• Pennington Quality Market in Pennington
• West Windsor Farmers’ Market (June to November)
• Princeton Farmers’ Market (July to November)
• Whole Earth in Princeton

As shoppers enter the supermarket or stroll about the farmers’ market, our volunteers ask them to purchase either fresh produce or a non-perishable food item to help replenish the supplies at The Crisis Ministry food pantries. Some of the shoppers may prefer to give a cash donation that Yes We CAN! volunteers use to purchase additional food items. It’s a win for everyone–the store owners, the farmers, and The Crisis Ministry’s clients.

We Need Volunteers.

Volunteers from Yes We CAN! Food Drives picked 4,000 pounds of squash at Jeff's Organic Produce for the food pantries of the Crisis Ministry.

Volunteers from Yes We CAN! Food Drives picked 4,000 pounds of squash at Jeff’s Organic Produce for the food pantries of the Crisis Ministry.

Yes We CAN! needs volunteers to help collect food at our food drives. Should you decide to volunteer, we will send you email notices about upcoming food drive dates. If you are available, you can select a two-hour shift. Whether you volunteer once a year or many times, your service is greatly appreciated by the food pantry clients when they come in.

To volunteer, email Alison Politziner at a.politziner@gmail.com.

How will YOU Benefit?

In the span of a couple of hours, you will be making a difference in someone’s life, and it will happen almost immediately. How? Because the donated food which you and the other volunteers collected that Saturday is then trucked to The Crisis Ministry, and by Monday, the food is on the shelves of the food pantries and available to people in need. Few volunteer experiences offer such an immediate sense of reward and gratification.

Coordinating Committee of Yes We CAN! Food Drives

Stephanie Chorney, Chair Fran Engler, Publicity
Liz Cohen, Founding Chair Suzanne Levin, Food Education Coord.
Marian Dielhof, Site Coordinator Alison Politziner, Volunteer Coord.
Kim Kyte, Site Coordinator