On Friday, June 17, 2011 Food Justice Foundation ran a Healthy-Food Fundraiser pilot project with Monument Elementary School in the North Ward of Trenton. Parents of the students received order forms for high-quality, wholesale-priced selections of fruits and vegetables, such as pineapples, mangoes, asparagus, and broccoli on Monday, June 13th. 49 orders were placed (500lbs of produce worth $400) and 5% of proceeds ($20) were awarded to the Monument School Playground Fund! This support of healthy eating and exercise was made in accordance with Monument School’s existing It’s All About Motivation to Exercise (ME) program.
By invitation from Aramark, FJF was able to store and pack the produce in the Trenton Nutrition Services Building. Once packed, the orders were placed in bins and loaded into an Aramark van which was driven to Monument School for a small fee. This was a fantastic show of solidarity among Trenton institutions to encourage healthy eating!
Due to the enthusiastic leadership of Monument Principle Bernadette Trapp and popular reception of the event, the Healthy-Food Fundraiser event will run bi-weekly at Monument School beginning in October 2011. Participation in the program is expected to grow significantly with more advertising and proceeds will continue to support the Monument School Playground fund.
Food Justice Foundation would like to recognize the support and guidance it has received to help make this project a success as a member of the NJ Partnership for Healthy Kids Trenton and the Mayor Mack’s Fight for Fitness Campaign.