Cornerstone Community Kitchen (CCK) has been addressing food insecurity in Princeton for nearly a decade.
Housed in Princeton United Methodist Church’s Fellowship Hall, CCK served 75-100 sit-down meals every Wednesday until COVID-19 closed the kitchen in March 2020.
Committed to its mission “to share a free, nutritious meal in a hospitable and safe environment,” CCK was forced to pivot, according to a statement provided by CCK.
For the past two years, a small band of volunteers has bagged approximately 50 meals-to-go for its patrons. Close to 20 meals are delivered and another 25-30 handed out at the church.
Each bag has at least three meals, fresh fruit and produce, dairy, prepared foods and dessert.
CCK has a variety of local partners. The primary contributor is Trenton Area Soup Kitchen (TASK). As a satellite of TASK, CCK receives approximately 125 hot meals, delivered each Wednesday afternoon in sealed plastic containers, which provide the main entree for patrons each week, according to the statement.
Share My Meals in Princeton provides 50 meals each week, prepared by The Meeting House Restaurant in Princeton.
Bentley Community Services in the Monmouth Junction section of South Brunswick donates fresh fruit, produce, dairy products and other pantry items.
Cherry Grove Organic Farm in Lawrence Township supplies organically grown fruits, vegetables and herbs, and sometimes flowers.
Jewish Family and Children’s Service (JFCS Princeton) delivers several boxes of fresh fruit and vegetables to CCK which are used to augment the to-go bags that patrons receive each week.
Lucy’s Kitchen and Market in Princeton prepares 25 servings of pasta salads each week.
LiLLiPIES Bakery in Princeton contributes dozens of loaves of its artisan bread.
Wawa in the Kendall Park section of South Brunswick donates a supply of its breakfast sandwiches.