Holiday Food and Toiletries Drive

Each year the Office of Community and Regional Affairs holds a campus-wide food and toiletries drive supporting Mercer Street Friends Food Bank. The Mercer Street Friends Food Bank has been at the forefront of the fight to end hunger in the greater Mercer County area, supplying food to over 50 pantries, shelters, and soup kitchens for nearly two decades. 

This year, the food drive will also benefit Mercer County Community College's Food Pantry and Send Hunger Packing Princeton

In addition to food and toiletries, the drive will collect tote bags to benefit Arm in Arm, in partnership with the Women of Princeton Employee Resource Group

Collection Dates: November 27-December 13, 2023

Collection boxes will be available at the following locations on campus: 

  • 100 Overlook Center, 4th Floor
  • 701 Carnegie Drive Lobby
  • 4 Mercer Street
  • E-Quad, C 232
  • Jadwin Gym
  • Baker Rink
  • Dillon Gym
  • MacMillan
  • 200 Elm Drive, 3rd Floor and lobby
  • 228 Alexander Road, lower level
  • 306 Alexander Road
  • Robertson Hall
  • Lewis Thomas Lab
  • Morrison Hall
  • Helm Building
  • 22 Chambers Street
  • Frist Campus Center, 100 level and Room 201 (Pace Center)
  • Nassau Hall, Room 9
  • Princeton Plasma Physics Lab
  • 171 Broadmead Street
  • U Now Day Nursery
  • Guyot Hall, atrium and Room 113
  • 185 Nassau Street, Office 118
  • Arts Tower, N208
  • 201 Nassau Street
  • Jadwin Hall, 2nd Floor
  • 86 Olden Street, Room 113
  • Occupation Health Services Lobby
  • Julius Romo Rabinowitz/Louis A. Simpson Weickart Atrium
  • New South Lobby
  • 755 Alexander St

Collection boxes will be available at the following locations off campus:

  • Monument Hall
  • Witherspoon Hall
  • Princeton Police Department Lobby
  • Arts Council of Princeton
  • Greater Somerset County YMCA
  • YWCA Princeton

To promote nutrition and healthy eating, consider donating these suggested non-perishable food items:

  • Broths (low sodium)
  • Canned tuna, chicken or salmon
  • Beans (canned or dried)
  • Split peas and lentils
  • Whole grain pasta
  • Brown rice
  • Canned vegetables (low sodium)
  • Granola bars
  • Single-serve 100% fruit juice
  • Peanut butter (18 oz)
  • Squeezable grape jelly
  • Breakfast cereal boxes or bowls
  • Oatmeal packets (single serve packets)
  • Shelf-stable low-fat milk
  • Microwaveable meals
  • Apple sauce
  • Cooking oil
  • Seasonings (pepper, onion powder, garlic, sea salt, etc.)

Please note: We cannot accept home-canned foods, open packages, expired food, or glass containers of any kind.

Consider donating these suggested toiletry and household items:

  • Toothpaste
  • Toothbrush
  • Mouthwash
  • Deoderant
  • Razors
  • Shaving cream
  • Shampoo & Conditioner
  • Soap
  • Body Wash
  • Lotion
  • First Aid Items
  • Feminine hygiene products
  • Cleaning products
  • Laundry detergent
  • Dish detergent