Contact: Julie Willmot
(609) 278-7137

TRENTON, N.J. -Mercer County Executive Brian M. Hughes announced today that County government will once again reach out to needy veterans and their families this holiday season to ensure that all area veterans enjoy a nutritious and flavorful Thanksgiving dinner.

Mercer County Veteran Services will collect donations from County residents from now until Nov. 19, and will then use these funds to purchase and distribute vouchers for groceries from Marazzo's Thriftway in Ewing to veterans and their families before the Thanksgiving holiday.

Last year, Veteran Services collected over $3,000 in support of providing Thanksgiving meals for veterans; rather than vouchers, however, the money was used to purchase food items for distribution to recipients.

"I was very impressed with what we managed to accomplish last year, but I do think we can touch many more families with this new effort," said Hughes. "Logistically, vouchers are much easier to pick up and distribute en masse, and ideally, we'd like to supply as many veterans as possible in the County with some funds for a delicious Thanksgiving meal."

Hughes worked with the Board of Chosen Freeholders and Veteran Services to supply 105 veterans and their families with turkeys and side dishes for Thanksgiving dinner. County officials distributed food at the Trenton Veteran Center on Parkway Avenue two days prior to the Thanksgiving holiday.

To donate, please send checks made out to Mercer County Trust Fund and mail or hand deliver to Mercer County Veteran Services, 2280 Hamilton Avenue, Hamilton, NJ 08619. For more information, call (609) 989-6120.