- State Program Coordinator:Hayley Klein
- STATE PARTNER SUPERVISOR:Beth Feehan (NJDA)
For more information, please contact Hayley.
WHY SERVE IN NEW JERSEY?
New Jersey is a state with a lot of love and a little of everything: gorgeous ocean beaches, Pine Barrens hiking, diverse urban spaces, and sprawling rural fields. Situated between two major cities – New York and Philadelphia – New Jersey is aptly named the Garden State, home to nearly 10,000 urban and rural farms producing over 100 crops enjoyed nationwide! Connecting New Jersey youth to local agriculture reinforces our agricultural heritage and unites communities with the shared vision of improving child health.
Like New Jersey itself, our service sites reflect a broad diversity of geography, culture, and resources. New Jersey residents experience many racial, ethnic, and geographical health disparities and service members often serve in counties with the lowest health rankings. Around 15% of New Jerseyans experience food insecurity and 25% of youth are overweight or obese. Our network of service sites continues to positively impact health and wellness awareness using a variety of action-driven farm to school efforts including Jersey-grown produce procurement, classroom programming, and school garden support.
The New Jersey Department of Agriculture (NJDA) Division of Food and Nutrition administers all USDA Child Nutrition Programs including the School Nutrition Program (SNP), Child & Adult Care Feeding Program (CACFP), Summer Food Service Program (SFSP), and all USDA Food Distribution Programs. The Farm to School initiative at NJDA carries out trainings, provides resources and connects New Jersey farms with local schools, summer meals and early child care sites.