Food and Shelter
Rise maintains a year-round pantry of non-perishable and perishable food, which includes USDA commodities provided through collaboration with Mercer Street Friends. We offer an integrated food pantry and nutrition-based program. We provide information to educate our clients about healthy lifestyles. We maintain partnerships with local farms and restaurants, Whole Foods, Panera, WaWa, Trader Joe’s, and Target that provide perishable food donations on a weekly basis. Volunteer workers help to keep the pantry running; they come from worship groups, the community, and local businesses.
Throughout the year, clients have access to full-time Rise Case Managers at the Pantry to obtain services for their entire family. Emergency food packages are stored in the Rise office for clients who need help outside of the regular Pantry hours.
The Rise Pantry is open Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday mornings in addition to two Wednesday evenings each month. It is located at 133 Broad Street in Hightstown and is convenient for the families that we serve.
Rise to the TASK Community Dinners
In collaboration with the First United Methodist Church of Hightstown, Rise: A Community Service Partnership, and the 1st Presbyterian Church of Hightstown, Muslims Against Hunger, St. James A.M.E. the Trenton Area Soup Kitchen (TASK) is now offering three evenings of free meal service in Hightstown.
Dinner is served:
Community Dinner is served every Monday night from 4:00pm to 5:30pm at the 1st Presbyterian Church of Hightstown, located at 320 North Main Street.
Wednesday night from 5:00 pm to 6:00 pm at St. James A.M.E. Church, located at 413 Summit Street.
Community Dinner is served Thursday night from 4:30pm to 6:00pm at the First United Methodist Church of Hightstown, located at 187 Stockton Street.
All meals are provided free of charge on an unconditional, no-questions-asked basis. For more information about the Hightstown Community Dinner, please call the Rise office at (609) 443-4464.
Rise Snack Shack
Many of our local kids receive breakfast and lunch at school– but after school they sure could use a snack. They need fuel to do their homework, play a sport, or work at a job. The Snack Shack, open at the Rise Thrift Store, supplies the fuel they need to keep going, to give it their all, and be their very best.
In partnership with local agencies and the Mercer County Board of Social Services we help to connect individuals and families with short-term emergency shelter, utility payment, health care-enrollment, SNAP enrollment, rental assistance, arbitration, and medication assistance.