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Princeton Kindness Food Project

Our mission goal is to connect organizations with food resources to individuals in need to ensure that no community member goes hungry. This can be attained just with a desire to help as food and shelter are the basic needs of the humankind.

Beginnings

This project was inspired by the “kindness fridges” of India and Dubai, where community members in need have access to a communal fridge stocked with local donations. I want to bring this idea to Princeton Township and the community where I reside. 

The community fridge will be supplied with food from the Trenton Area Soup Kitchen (TASK). Paul Jenson, food services director of TASK, has agreed to supply prepared and packaged food trays that include labels with expiration dates, ingredients, etc. Those in need can take packaged food from the refrigerator and bring those food trays to their homes. 

We will arrange to monitor the food distribution with volunteers in order for the program to run effectively. The fridge will be open to the public once a week from 5pm to 7pm in a designated place where food can be distributed. 

This project was started as a pilot program adopted to suit to the low income and senior citizens needs with the assurance to bring nutritious food prepared from a kitchen that has been approved by the local Health Department Inspector.  

My family immigrated to the USA in 1986 and settled down in Princeton, NJ. The last 35 years of living in this beautiful university town has taught me to dream big and has made me believe in my dream of creating a kind space where people can come together to share food. I have one son who judiciously advises me and a daughter who is a pillar of strength for me. I have another son who calls me Periamma which means big mother. My amazing friend Joanne, who is ready to pitch in and adjust to my crazy ideas ,became the best co-founder for this project. My neighbor Sally, whom I have known for over 30 years, willingly became our Editor in Chief.  A very kind and enthusiastic volunteer, Jessica comes up with brilliant ideas. A special mention to our niece Harshetha came up with eye catching flyers and my daughter-in-law Vindya who helped with essential paperwork. This is our team ready to take this food project either as a sprint or as a marathon. Either way it is just the beginning …….

Asha Gurunathan

How You Can Help

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IRS and State of NJ , made it easier for donors to participate and contribute by approving Princeton kindness food project for non profit status and section 501-(c)(3). Thanks for making it possible to spread this kindness concept

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Testimonials

What People Say

Miracles still happen! When Asha and Joanne first came to me months ago they had nothing but an idea and a lot of determination. They identified a food source, got permission from the many government  groups in Princeton, and opened their operation with success the very first day. Many people are now receiving a nutritious meal all because the founders of Princeton Kindness knew they had a great idea and would not accept “no” for an answer. Thank you both for your love and kindness to those less fortunate in our area.

Larry Apperson, CEO
Princeton Cornerstone Community Kitchen

I cannot say enough good things about The Princeton Kindness Food Project.  A simple, open-hearted idea, that took a lot of work by the founders to turn into reality.  I could always count on being able to pick up as many meals as needed for residents of EC/HBH.  Kindness Project founders and volunteers are cheerful, generous of spirit, and provide a basic necessity for our community.

Kate Hall, Social Services Co-ordinator
Elm Court and Harriet Bryan House

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Recent Causes

  • Our Vision..
    Our original vision was to distribute food to the most in need including homeless and undocumented people.  We found that those communities were already served by churches and other programs in Princeton.  So we changed our target to low income and seniors for the project.  Since November, we’ve successfully been serving the community at ReddingContinue reading “Our Vision..”

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