HomeFront offers service opportunities and educational events during National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week

Community volunteers at the “Fran’s Food Pantry” at HomeFront, including Barbara Carberry of Yardley (rear left), Hunter Elkins (front left), Madeline Lightman (front right) of WW-P, and Donna Famoso (behind right) ) from Hamilton Square.

When the state-imposed moratorium on evictions is lifted, likely on January 1, 2022, 17% of Mercer County families could face eviction. There has never been a more important time to celebrate Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week. HomeFront will be recognizing this important week for Year 5 from Saturday, November 13 through November 20. The Mercer County nonprofit has been in the community since 1991. It provides families living with homelessness with emergency funds, permanent housing, homelessness prevention funds, and a range of comprehensive services. Homefront also provides every family with a vision for a different future and the tools to help them achieve it.

Connie Mercer, founder and CEO of HomeFront, explained, “These are choppy times for all of us, but especially for the most vulnerable people who don’t have resources or an extended family to turn to. Prices are steadily rising, hunger is three times higher for children here locally than it used to be It’s 2019, which is especially concerning because chronic hunger can have lasting evolutionary effects on growing bodies and minds.

Mercer continued: “The many media events this awareness week are a way to highlight these problems and help people understand how families fall into crisis and how we can all help prevent the problem from developing. Volunteer events provide community members with a way to get involved.”

HomeFront Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week events will include in-person and virtual opportunities, including educational sessions with local and national experts on these issues, forums for asking questions and offering ideas, service opportunities, open houses and guided tours of many HomeFront facilities. There will also be information on how to sign up for life-enhancing volunteer opportunities for people of all ages during the holiday season.

HomeFront National Hunger and Homelessness Week events will include:

  • Saturday, November 13 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. – Open house at HomeFront’s SewingSpace and tours of the nonprofit’s headquarters, including the Donation Center, Fran’s Food Pantry, SwingSpace, etc.
  • Monday 15 November from 12 to 1 pm –The default ‘Welcome to HomeFront’ directive that provides an overview of the current need in the community and Homefront’s comprehensive services model to break the cycle of local poverty.
  • Wednesday 17 Novembery1 to 3 pm –Volunteer opportunity at the HomeFront Diaper Resource Center.
  • Thursday 18 Novembery6 p.m. Expert panel discussion on the long-term effects of the pandemic on populations at risk and what local and national agencies are doing to reduce the impact. Speakers include:
  • Shelli Skinner of the NJ Pandemic Relief Fund
  • Olivia Jane from Princeton University’s Evacuation Lab
  • Emily Gartenberg from No Kid Hungry, NYC
  • Sarah Steward from HomeFront
  • Friday 19 November from 12 to 1:30 pmVirtual lunch and learn with HomeFront CEO, Connie Mercer and COO, Sarah Steward. They will discuss the nonprofit’s work in the past year to meet a growing need in the community, ways in which community members can get involved, and HomeFront’s plans for the future.
  • Saturday 20 NovemberFrom 10 am to 1 pm Thanksgiving Drive Service Opportunity – Help package HomeFront Thanksgiving dinner baskets that will be distributed to the families of the nonprofit’s clients.

You can learn more about and register for these learning and service opportunities at www.homefrontnj.org.

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