Thomas Edison State University and Mercer Street Friends are hosting a Back-to-School Readiness Fair on Saturday, August 6, at 315 West State Street in Trenton.

During the event, held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., backpacks, school supplies, and food bags will be distributed. With the help local organizations such as Henry J. Austin and Zufall Health, event staff will be providing vaccinations, physicals, and dental screenings and treatment.

Walmart will provide eyeglass cleanings and adjustments, while United Way of Mercer County will provide information on FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) assistance, tax preparation, and more.

Additional partners include the New Jersey Department of Health and Human Services; New Jersey Department of Children and Families; Trenton Health Team; and Success Unisex Salon.

This fair represents TESU’s ongoing commitment to the Trenton community. In May Thomas Edison State University’s Division of Community and Government Affairs distributed free food and COVID-19 vaccinations to Trenton residents. More than 5,000 pounds of free food was provided to more than 300 families and individuals.

And, since February, TESU’s nursing students and alumni have represented the university in the city’s ongoing community vaccine efforts. After being mobilized by the Trenton Department of Health last February for its vaccine clinics, students and alumni have assisted in staffing vaccine clinics at community centers, firehouses, churches, schools, assisted living and homebound facilities as well as healthcare and social service institutions in the city.

No registration is necessary for the Back-to-School Readiness Fair; however, all supplies and services are on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information, email

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