Scholastic Kids Press Corps
The Scholastic Kids Press Corps is a team of about 50 Kid Reporters around the nation.  The interactive site brings daily news to life with reporting for kids, by kids.

Elijah's Promise in Need

New Jersey food bank says need up, donations down

By Gowtham Balaji | November 30 , 2009
Robert Mason, the social services coordinator for Elijah's Promise in New Brunswick, New Jersey, with Kid Reporter Gowtham Balaji. (Photo Courtesy Gowtham Balaji)
Robert Mason, the social services coordinator for Elijah's Promise in New Brunswick, New Jersey, with Kid Reporter Gowtham Balaji. (Photo Courtesy Gowtham Balaji)

People in need in the Central New Jersey area are giving thanks to Elijah's Promise this holiday season. Established in 1989 in the city of New Brunswick, Elijah's Promise helps low-income people by providing daily hot meals, job training, health care, and much more.

Like many other organizations around the country, Elijah's Promise has been hurt by the downturn in the economy. While donations have decreased, the need for services has increased, said Robert Mason, the social services coordinator for the organization.

"On average, the number of people needing help has increased maybe 20 or 30 percent in the past two years," Mason said in an interview on Thanksgiving Day.

Almost a year ago, the organization had to cancel the lunches served on Tuesdays because of budget cuts and low food supply. Mason said they chose Tuesdays because a nearby church also served lunch that day, so fewer people came to Elijah's Promise for a hot meal.

When newspapers spread the word of the Tuesday closure, a corporation stepped in with donations to keep the kitchen open.

While the kitchen is always in need of food donations for the meals and the food bank, Mason stressed the need for monetary donations for other services offered. Besides feeding people in need, the organization helps with job searches and training.

Volunteers are also a big part of the success of all aspects of the organization, he said.

"Volunteers are the life blood of this organization," Mason said. "We would not exist without the volunteers."

Anyone older than 12 years can volunteer and help out.

"People have always rallied to our cause here in New Brunswick or the Central Jersey area," Mason said.

To learn more about Elijah’s Promise, check out the program's website.

Kids and the Economy

Kid Reporters take a look at the economy and how it is affecting kids and their communities during this holiday season in the Kids and the Economy Special Report.


Get the latest on national and international events, movies, television, music, sports, and more from the Scholastic Kids Press Corps.

  • Scholastic Store
  • The Scholastic Store  
    Walt Whitman: Words for America

    Walt Whitman: Words for America

    by Barbara Kerley and Brian Selznick

    Meticulously researched and documented, and fueled by Kerley and Selznick's trademark passion, Walt Whitman: Words for America is the consummate portrait of a man and an artist who is a symbol of America of which we can all feel proud. His powerful and deeply affecting story will inspire readers of all ages to pick up their pens and open their hearts to humanity.

    $13.59 You save: 20%
    books;hardcover books;hardcovers | Ages 8-11
    Add To Cart
    Walt Whitman: Words for America
    Ages 8-11 $13.59
  • Teacher Store
  • The Teacher Store  
    Scholastic News Grade 4

    Scholastic News Grade 4

    Scholastic News is the only current events magazine specifically designed for fourth graders. Each print and online issue features complex, high-quality nonfiction on science and social studies topics that are too new for textbooks. With standards-based lesson plans, writing prompts, and reproducible skills sheets, Scholastic News gives you an exceptional tool for meeting Common Core Standards and your curriculum goals. Subscribers also receive FREE access to Scholastic News Online, featuring videos, review games, alternate reading levels, an audio read-aloud function, and much more!

    Add current science to your lessons with Science Spin. Add this exciting science mini-magazine to your subscription for less than $1 extra per student.

    Classroom Magazine | Grade 4
    Add To Cart
    Educators Only
    Scholastic News Grade 4
    Grade 4 $4.75
    Add To Cart
Privacy Policy




Here's something interesting from