Mercer Street Friends Food Bank Purchases Baler

March 31, 2017

Foundations Assist with Grants Totalling $10,000 

Ewing, New Jersey – When Kyle Williams took on the role of director at the Mercer Street Friends Food Bank one year ago, he was dismayed to learn that the cardboard baler did not work. With food donations arriving daily, most in cardboard boxes, Williams knew that a working baler would be an invaluable resource to the food bank. With $10,000 in grants from the Investors and Roma Community Bank Foundations, Williams finally has purchased a new baler for the Mercer Street Friends Food Bank.

“This baler will be the gift that keeps on giving,” said Williams. “We not only cut the cost of having a dumpster, but we will make a little money off of the cardboard we bundle to help us in our fight against hunger in Mercer County. We are grateful to Investors Bank for their support.”

The Mercer Street Friends Food Bank is the largest provider of donated and government sourced food for charitable providers in the Mercer County area. It supplies a network of more than 60 food pantries, shelters, soup kitchens and meal sites.

The Mercer Street Friends Food Bank applied for the grants from the Investors and Roma Community Bank Foundations, which support non-profit organizations that enrich the diverse communities served by Investors Bank. Roma Bank became part of Investors Bank in December 2013.

Williams said the donations from the Investors and Roma Community Bank Foundations not only cover the cost of the baler, but also support the food bank’s various nutrition and education programs, including its new mobile trucks that deliver fresh produce to seniors at North 25 HUD Apartments, Jennye Stubblefield and Reading and Sam Naples Senior Centers. The food bank recently acquired its third truck to support this growing program.

“Investors Bank proudly supports the Mercer Street Friends Food Bank because we know this organization is making a real difference in the lives of so many community members who face food hardships,” said Investors Bank Senior Market Manager Linda Martin. “We are proud not only to provide financial support to Mercer Street Friends, but to also offer our assistance as volunteers,” said Investors Bank Assistant Vice President and Robbinsville Branch Manager Peggi Shader-Gother.

Shader-Gother has organized volunteer opportunities for Investors Bank employees at the Mercer Street Friends Food Bank since taking over as the Robbinsville branch manager about two years ago. The employees volunteer every week during the food bank’s busiest time throughout November. “We pride ourselves on being a community bank and look for opportunities to serve the community beyond the walls of our banks,” she said.

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Pictured, from left, Investors Bank Senior Market Manager Linda Martin and Investors Bank Assistant Vice President and Robbinsville Branch Manager Peggi Shader-Gother help Mercer Street Friends Food Bank Community Resource Liaison Brian Peterson and Mercer Street Friends Food Bank Director Kyle D. Williams haul cardboard, which can now be compacted using a new baler the food bank purchased with $10,000 in grants from the Investors and Roma Community Bank Foundations.

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