Each week as we go out on our scheduled pickups to our generous providers, we continue to be amazed and so thankful for the donations we receive of truly diverse, fresh and healthy food provisions, non-perishables and more to distribute to families in need. We thank our providers for understanding our program as they assist and help us as we create access to healthy foods, facilitating healthy diets and nutrition for families who, though employed, are challenged making ends meet. We divert these quality goods from the landfills into the households that could certainly use them. Thank you for your ongoing support of Bentley!
Each Wednesday at 11:30, our friend Larry Apperson, founder and leader of Cornerstone Community Kitchen, visits with us and pickups up our donations to the dinner program offered each Wednesday evening at The Princeton United Methodist Church. We load Larry’s pickup truck with provisions boxed and bagged ready to go of fresh lettuces, fruits and vegetables, diverse quality breads and desserts, sometimes meats, chicken, sausages, hot dogs, crackers, non-perishables and more. Since the fall of 2013, Bentley Community Services donations help to provide and feed the vulnerable population served by this dinner program, as they choose provisions to bring back to their households after eating a healthy and nutritious meal prepared and delivered by The Trenton Area Soup Kitchen.
The Cornerstone Community Kitchen (PCCK) located at The Princeton United Methodist Church, 7 Vandeventer Avenue Princeton, NJ offers a free and nutritious meal every week, even on holidays. Volunteers from the community serve the meal from 5 to 6:30 p.m. on Wednesdays. In partnership with the Trenton Area Soup Kitchen (TASK), this ministry of PUMC now serves more than 100 people each week. Some come for the food, some for the fellowship and friendly atmosphere. All are welcome.
As Bentley grows, our needs increase. Please help us to continue providing to and creating access to healthy foods and more to families in financial crisis in food-insecure households in the entire Central New Jersey region. Please donate through safe and secure PayPal on our donation page or by check to BCS, PO Box 1093, Belle Mead, NJ 08502. Your donation is tax-deductible. Thank you for your generous support!
$50 toward the purchase of an industrial scale
*$100 buys a tank of gas for our box truck
*$100 also helps with our dairy program of weekly distribution of milk, juice and eggs
*$100 also supports our financial and educational workshops throughout the year
$500 or more helps us towards our immediate need of a Hi Top Cargo Van to help us with our pickups from generous providers and our services to families in need in our communities.
We are grateful and thank Bristol-Myers Squibb for holding a food drive collection for us! Thank you to the many generous employees that donated a wide array of provisions. Our non-perishable product shelves will be filled for a long time, as you help us help the clientele in the Bentley program. Thank You!
It truly is an honor and privilege to serve working families in our communities, not qualifying for assistance and in need of relief during their struggles making ends meet. By providing and creating access to a full range of fresh and nutritious foods and more weekly, families save crucial monies to put towards reducing debts, paying monthly bills, medical costs and making a much needed repair. By doing this weekly, families get on the fast track towards recovery, fulfilling their goal of self-sufficiency. And, their households have a diverse amount of healthy, fresh and nutritious foods and staples to feed their families.
In 2016, Bentley redistributed 287,620 lbs. of surplus foods donated from our generous providers and helping hands volunteers helped us by logging 17,862 volunteer hours!
Thank you to the entire community at Bentley Community Services!
Bentley, in addition to truly healthy and nutritious fresh food provisions, is blessed to receive the most beautiful and diverse array of flowers and plants from Trader Joe’s each week. Families are so grateful to receive these, adding bursts of color, enjoyment and happiness throughout their homes! Working with the flowers, the end results are magnificent!
Employee work teams from Novo Nordisk offered their helping hands at the Bentley warehouse distribution facility, sorting perishable and non-perishable food provisions, flowers and plants from our scheduled pickups and non-perishable food provisions and toiletries from our food drive. We were blessed to have them offer their helping hands Saturday and Monday! They chose Bentley for their philanthropic days of giving in celebration of Martin Luther King and we thank everyone for their terrific work!
Despite cold temperatures and snow showers Saturday, Bentley had another successful food drive collection of non-perishable food provisions and toiletries! A huge thank you to ShopRite and the generous community of shoppers that donated over 1,700 lbs. of provisions. A big thank you to the group of helping hands volunteers – we appreciate you and are grateful for your help!
We wish you a very Happy New Year! As 2016 comes to a close, we truly are grateful to everyone in the Bentley community: generous providers, generous supporters, community and participant families and volunteers, numerous partner organizations and more.
Wishing you happiness, health, peace, the love of family and friends, abundance, a positive outlook and forward movement in the New Year!