FJF Launches Two School Produce Fundraising Programs

775 Pounds of Fresh Produce!

First distribution at Cadwalder Elementary School

Distribution Statistics

Families Served: 60

Pounds of Produce: 775 lbs

Schools Served: 2

Proceeds Raised for Schools: $30

Monument and Cadwalader Elementary Schools have partnered with Food Justice Foundation to launch two healthy produce fundraising programs.  They have been scheduled synchronously to act as one large produce buying club, operating on a bi-weekly basis.

*Monument School has chosen to use the proceeds to raise money for their Playground Fund and Cadwalader’s Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) will be using the money to help pay for extra-curricular activities, both of which further contribute to the health of their students.  Currently, the proceeds for these two programs are set at a modest 5% of the total dollar amount ordered, thereby maintaining affordable prices.

 

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Monument Elementary School Back to School Night

FJF staff members went to Monument Elementary School’s Back to School Night on Wednesday, September 21th.  FJF set up an information stand with produce samples and re-introduced the Healthy Food Fundraising Club to Monument School parents after the pilot project last June.  The New Jersey Partnership for Healthy Kids Trenton Project Coordinator Marrisa Davis was also in attendance as well as Aramark Community Relations and Communications Manager Denise Holguin.

The first distribution for the program will occur on October 7th at 3pm at the Principal’s office and will continue on a bi-weekly basis throughout the year.  Order forms will be distributed through the school and are due one week in advance of the order pickup.

A portion of the proceeds will go to Monument School’s Playground Fund!

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Back to School Night at Cadwalader Elementary

FJF attended Cadwalader Elementary’s Back to School Night on Tuesday, September 20th.  FJF set up an information stand with produce samples and introduced the Healthy Food Fundraising Club to Cadwalader Elementary School.

The first distribution for the program will occur on October 7th at 3pm in the gymnasium and will continue on a bi-weekly basis throughout the year.  Orders will be distributed through the school and are due one week in advance of the order pickup.

A portion of the proceeds will go to Cadwalader Elementary’s Parent Teacher Organization to support school activities!

Board President Kelly Reilly at info stand with sample oranges for the students and their parents.

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Trenton Green Team Meeting

FJF attended a meeting for Trenton’s Green Team to explore the possibility of participating by focusing produce procurement and marketing efforts on New Jersey grown produce.

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Dr. Darrin Anderson added to FJF Advisory Board

Darrin W. Anderson, Sr., MS, PHD, has joined the FJF Advisory Board today! He is the current Deputy Director of the New Jersey Partnership for Healthy Kids and will be a great addition to the FJF Advisory team.

Darrin’s former position was Executive Director of the American Diabetes Association, Del-Mar Region.  Before this, Darrin was the State Health Alliance Director and Director of Health Initiatives, Public Advocacy & Policy for the American Heart Association.  Prior to that, Darrin held the position of Clinical Exercise Physiologist at Eugene DuPont Preventive Medicine & Rehabilitation Institute and he served as Clinical Director of the Union Hospital’s Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation Program and Bio-kinetic Testing Laboratory in Elkton, MD.

Darrin has a BS in Health and Physical Education Studies and MS in Exercise Physiology & Health Science from the University of Delaware and a PhD in Kinesiology from Temple University.

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FJF Advisory Board Created

FJF has created an advisory board to the Board of Trustees, having recruited Heather Butts as the first member today!

Heather Butts JD, MPH, MA is the Executive Director of H.E.A.L.T.H 4 Youths (Health, Education, Academic, Life Skills, Training, Help), a non-profit that has mentoring programs for youth in NYC.  Heather is also a Regulatory Specialist at Columbia University Medical Center and adjunct professor at Columbia University School of Public Health.

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Meeting With International Produce Inc

FJF Executive Director Taylor Behmke paid a visit to International Produce Inc in Bordentown, NJ to see their facilities and discuss FJF’s produce needs for the coming school year.

A produce truck outside their facilities

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Interview with Elizabeth Brotherton from PreventObesity.net

Elizabeth Brotherton from PreventObesity.net conducted an interview with FJF Executive Director Taylor Behmke in late June.  You can find the article about the interview here.

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Mayors Fight for Fitness Steering Committee Meeting

Executive Director Taylor Behmke attended the Mayor’s Fight for Fitness Steering Committee where there the discussion centered on which schools to target for physical activity and healthy food programs.  There was also a discussion about how to organize a city wide day of Play to promote physical activity.  Several new members where added to the Steering Committee.  The Steering Committee will reconvene later in the summer to plan the promotion of school programs in the fall.

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Princeton Environmental Institute meeting with FJF

Holly Welles, the Communications and Outreach Manger at the Princeton Environmental Institute met with FJF staff in Princeton yesterday to discuss the possibility of organizing some sort of Urban Food Access & Health educational conference at the University sometime in 2012.  Many activists and academics in the food access were discussed as possible speakers and attendants.  The goal is to encourage student and institutional interest and action that focuses on urban food access, physical activity and health.

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