Food & Nutrition Programs

Hunger As a Health Issue

While delivering food is central to our mission, so is inspiring healthy and positive lifestyles through programs that provide nutrition counseling, medical screenings, and regular access to healthy foods like fresh fruits and vegetables, lean proteins, whole grains, and dairy.

Last year, the FoodBank delivered over 15.7 million pounds of fresh produce–27% of the total food distributed for the year. In addition, more than 70% of the food we provide comes from highly nutritious “foods to encourage” categories.

Healthy Families Farmers Markets

Modeled after traditional farmers markets, we work with community partners to distribute free, fresh produce – delicious and nutritious food that struggling New Jerseyans often can’t afford. Launched in 2017, now with 18 sites across the state, our Healthy Families Farmers Markets provide fresh fruits and vegetables year-round.

This program is possible due to support from Acme Markets, Ethicon, L+M Development Partners, and Petro Home Services.

Diabetes Initiative

In partnership with Summit Medical Group Foundation, we help clients with diabetes by providing health screenings, diabetes-friendly food and nutrition tips at several community partners across the state.

This program is possible due to support from Healthcare Foundation of New Jersey, Newman’s Own Foundation, Novo Nordisk, and Summit Medical Group Foundation.

Nutrition Education

Our state-funded SNAP-Ed nutrition education program, launched in the summer of 2018, teaches our neighbors in need how to eat right on a budget and make physical activity a part of their lives. We provide targeted education for all age groups in 12 counties across the state.

Trinitas Medical Center Care Transitions Program

Food Service Training Academy students prepare a five-day menu of heart-healthy, medically tailored meals for low-income seniors after they are discharged from the hospital.

Newark Beth Israel Medical Center Partnership

In partnership with Newark Beth Israel Medical Center, we provide summer meals for kids, nutrition education, and SNAP application assistance. We will also supply food for the Center’s on-site pantry, coming soon to the Rev. Dr. Ronald B. Christian Community Health and Wellness Center, which will serve mothers, seniors, and eventually, the broader community.

Contacts


Healthy Families Farmers Markets- Michael Kates, Network Impact Manager – 908-355-3663 ext. 307

Diabetes Initiative- Diana Levy, LSW, Program Coordinator – 908-355-3663 ext. 337

Nutrition Education- Tina Kim, SNAP-Ed Director – 908-355-3663 ext. 500

Trinitas and Newark Beth Israel Partnerships- Julienne Cherry, Director of Agency Relations – 908-242-3948