On February 27 U.S. 1 ran a cover story on the risk to New Jersey’s coastline posed by rising sea levels caused by climate change. “The Coast Is Not Clear” was an alarming story that promised only to get more alarming with the passage of time.

Just this week the state addressed another and already alarming water problem — stormwater management. The legislature passed and the governor signed a bill that enables local governments to impose fees on developments such as parking lots and other impervious surfaces that can be used to fund improvements to stormwater management systems. While opponents view it as a “rain tax,” advocates praise it as insurance against the inevitable rainy days of the future.

To the Editor: Send Hunger Packing Marks Six Years

Now in its sixth year, Send Hunger Packing Princeton (SHUPP) held its first adult fundraiser at the Johnson Education Center in Princeton. SHUPP was started with its primary mission to provide weekend meals to school children in Princeton. The concept was to in part supplement the meals some children receive at school Monday through Friday. SHUPP’s motto is “Because a child should hunger for knowledge, not breakfast.” Today SHUPP has grown to include other programs such as providing snacks to school counselors to give out as needed, funding lunches at summer programs such as Princeton Recreation Camp and the Pre K Jumpstart program at Johnson Park School, as well as a number of other programs as the need becomes evident.

Food is a high priority, especially food for children, and the Prince­ton community responds to this need year after year and this commitment was clear at the sold out fundraiser. The evening consisted of cocktails and hors d’oeuvres followed by an inspirational speech by Breana Newton, a SHUPP board member and Princeton native who spoke of the mostly undetected challenge of food insecurity that existed during her childhood.

It was followed by a video tribute to honoree Ross Wishnick, Princeton Human Services chair and founder of SHUPP. Ross spoke of the 2012 origins of SHUPP, its partnership with Mercer Street Friends, and reaching a new milestone this past year, being granted its own 501(c)3 non-profit status by the IRS.

Through the generosity of the Princeton community more than $20,000 was raised. This amount will provide meals for 60 Princeton children for an entire school year. SHUPP currently provides meals for 170 children, which represents about one-third of all kids who could benefit from the program.

Thank you to the Princeton community who have sustained this program for six years. For more information go to www.SHUPPrince­ton.com

Wendy Vasquez

Audubon Lane, Princeton

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