Over $144k awarded to seven local Salem County organizations from the Salem Health and Wellness Foundation and the Community Foundation of New Jersey
Healthy Kids, Bright Futures Initiative
- $2,500 – Farmyard Education Foundation. This program will serve six to eight preschools in Salem County teaching children how food is grown in an effort to promote healthy eating. (See photos from a 2015 lesson at Field Street Elementary School in Penns Grove to see an example of the foundation’s work with local students)
- $50,000 – Food Bank of South Jersey. Funding will support the Food Bank’s Healthy Living Initiative that is being conducted throughout Salem County. Programming consists of healthy cooking for teens and families, nutrition education and healthy grocery shopping. Collaboration between the Food Bank and other organizations in the county promote a larger reach with their services.
- $2,500 Salem County Vocational Technical High School. This grant will support the current gardening and academy of agriculture program conducted by the FoodCorps worker. The teaching staff at the school volunteers their time and talent to this program incorporating nutrition lessons, gardening and healthful food preparation.
Other grants awarded are as follows:
- $50,000 – Food Bank of South Jersey. This pilot project will launch a home health therapeutic food service to deliver food, nutrition education and other health support to recently released patients from The Memorial Hospital of Salem County.
- $15,000 – Salem County Department of Health & Human Services. This program provides comprehensive screenings that include blood pressure, cholesterol, glucose, weight and body mass index measurements. Included in the screenings is education regarding the management of chronic diseases.
- $22,000 – Salem County Sheriff’s Office. This grant will support various community programming conducted by the Sheriff’s Office such as anti-bullying, gun safety and DARE (Drug and Abuse Resistance Education). Programming will be taken into area schools.
- $2,500 – Women’s Club of Pennsville. Funding will support a county-wide health fair to be held on October 15th at the Salem Community College field house.
“We are pleased to establish new partnerships as well as support ongoing partnerships with organizations in Salem County,” stated Brenda Goins, executive director. “There are many organizations throughout the county who are providing programs and services to our residents meeting their needs where they are.”
Staff photos taken in May 2015 during a Farmyard Education Foundation (one of the 7 local grant recipients recently announced) lesson at Field Street School in Penns Grove: