For more than 35 years, the Toll Gate Grammar School in Pennington has come together to provide a complete Thanksgiving meal for patrons of the Trenton Area Soup Kitchen (TASK). 

While the COVID-19 pandemic is changing some elements of this annual tradition, the fundamentals remain the same.

“COVID has led to increased food insecurity this year and the soup kitchen expects to be serving more families than ever before,” wrote Missy Cappucci, Toll Gate TASK co-chair in an email to the school community. “TASK will be creating grab and go dinner bags as they are unable to serve dinner in the cafeteria this year. They are counting on our donations to make this Thanksgiving dinner a success.”

All this week, Toll Gate families have been dropping off boxes of stuffing, canned green beans, corn, cranberry jelly and turkey gravy, as well as frozen turkeys at the school. The TASK committee is also working with remote learning families to make arrangements to pick-up donations. 

While the school’s annual pie baking and roasted turkey carve-a-thon are not possible this year, the community is encouraged to donate frozen turkeys to TASK. Community members can also help by making a 100% tax deductible monetary donation to help pay for pies and supplement any shortfalls in TASK’s food collections. 

Thanks to all who are able to help make this year’s TASK Thanksgiving a success! 

Submitted by the Toll Gate TASK Committee. Pictured are Toll Gate TASK co-chairs, Dawn Berman and Missy Cappucci

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