“Back where I come from, there are men who do nothing all day but good deeds, they are called phila…er, phila…er, yes, er, Good Deed Doers.” (The Wizard of Oz)
Debbie Fisher, Lead of Sussex County Child Health Crisis Workgroup, is not only a “Good Deed Doer” herself, but she has found a way to bring together several different “Good Deed Doers” in Sussex County. The Sussex County Workgroup is comprised of representatives from 17 agencies / organizations and school districts all working toward the common goal of supporting the health and the well-being of children. Their mission is to provide resources, professional development, and practical solutions to school districts and families.
How does their mission translate to practical solutions? One example is the partnership the Workgroup has created with the Food Shed Alliance, to glean fruits and vegetables from Sussex County farms and have “Pop-Up Markets” throughout the county. The “Pop-Up Markets” provide fresh produce, recipes, and nutritional information directly to the community.
Debbie Fisher has also led the charge in working with school districts to develop Wellness Committees and encourage them to create school gardens and/or green houses to educate students about planting, harvesting, and tasting the food they grow. In addition, Debbie and the workgroup have encouraged schools to partner with local markets or farms to host the food of the month programs – where students try new unusual fruit and vegetables.
To find out more about the “Good Deed Doers” of Sussex County visit: NJ Health Matters