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Food Pantry Volunteers

Rise to the TASK Community Dinner

Community Garden

Food and Shelter

In times of crisis or economic challenge, where do you turn for the most basic needs of life – for food and shelter? In our neighborhood, those in need turn to Rise. From emergency assistance to a hot meal, from baby supplies to fresh local produce, we rise every day to help our neighbors fill their cupboards and make ends meet. At the end of our day, in our broad yet close-knit community, there is always room for one more under our roof and at our table.

Food Pantry

As part of a county-wide Nutritional Alliance in partnership with St. Anthony of Padua Catholic ChurchMercer Street Friends Food BankPanera Bread andWhole Foods Market, we maintain a year-round pantry of perishable and non-perishable food, as well as personal care items, baby supplies and pet food.

Our Food Pantry patrons have also benefitted from the very generous donations from Church & Dwight Co.NJ Farmers Against HungerTrader Joe’sFirst United Methodist Church of HightstownMrs. Green’s Natural Market, Wawa in Monroe, the Molly Pitcher Service area, Down to Earth of Colts NeckFirst Presbyterian Church of Dutch NeckSt. Paul Lutheran ChurchThe Windsor-Hightstown Area Ministerium (WHAM)ShopRite of East Windsor, Target#1345 of East Windsor, L’Oreal USAConair Corp., 1st Presbyterian Church of Hightstown and St. David’s Episcopal Church

Once eligibility is determined, families are entitled to visit the pantry on a weekly basis. The pantry is located at 225 Franklin Street in Hightstown, NJ. Hours are Mon. – Wed. 9am – 12pm. We have expanded our hours to include the first  and third Wednesday of every month from 5:00pm-7:00pm.

Greater Goods Thrift Store

Greater Goods Resale Furniture Outlet

rise office

rise Food Pantry

1st Presbyterian Church

First United Methodist Church

St. James A.M.E. Church

bags of baby supplies were distributed at the food pantry in 2015.

bags of personal care items were distributed at the food pantry in 2015.

bags of food were distributed at the food pantry in 2016.

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 7:00 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.   More than just a hot meal…

Community Garden

Procuring garden spaces in the East Windsor Community Garden and Rocky Brook Park for low income families fosters healthy eating habits, outdoor recreational exercise and self-reliance. At peak season, garden abundance is donated back to the Rise Food Pantry, benefiting the community at large.

Emergency Assistance

In partnership with FEMA and the Salvation Army we provide funds for short-term emergency shelter, utility payment, rental assistance, arbitration, and medication assistance to families and individuals in need.

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