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Program To Focus on Use of Local Produce for School Snacks

For Immediate Release: June 23, 2014
Contact: Lynne Richmond
(609) 633-2954 

(TRENTON) – As part of the Christie Administration’s continuing efforts to provide improved nutritional opportunities for school children, New Jersey Secretary of Agriculture Douglas H. Fisher today announced 158 New Jersey schools will participate in the 2014-2015 school year’s Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program (FFVP). 

The United States Department of Agriculture has allocated $4,021,620 for New Jersey for next school year’s Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program, which provides fresh produce to students during the school day, along with nutrition education.  The goal of the program is to expose children to healthy foods, increase their fruit and vegetable consumption and set them on the road to improved lifelong dietary habits.

For the first time, the Department of Agriculture will provide additional funds to schools for connecting their FFVP with the Farm to School Program.  The schools must provide Jersey Fresh produce a minimum of two days each month from September to November and from April to June and must verify where the produce was grown.  Eighty percent of the 158 schools have agreed to participate.

“The Fresh Fruit and Vegetable funds will be used to buy Jersey Fresh produce when it’s in season,” said Secretary Fisher.  “In addition to students eating healthy local fresh produce and learning about the food we grow right here in the Garden State, our farmers will benefit.”

Starting in September, the selected schools will begin to offer fresh fruits and vegetables on a regular basis free to 74,475 students in 15 New Jersey counties each week.

Some of the criteria used in selecting the schools to participate included:  Elementary schools with 50 percent or more of their students eligible for free or reduced price meals; schools that planned to purchase locally grown fruits and vegetables as much as possible; the program would be well-publicized and all students would have access to the produce offered; and plans to partner with outside organizations to enhance nutrition education.

The schools that will participate in the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program for the 2014-2015 school year are:

Atlantic County
Chelsea Heights School, Atlantic City

Martin Luther King School, Atlantic City

Pennsylvania Avenue School, Atlantic City

Richmond Avenue School, Atlantic City

Sovereign Avenue School, Atlantic City

Texas Avenue School, Atlantic City

Uptown Complex, Atlantic City

Venice Park School, Atlantic City

Decatur Avenue Head Start, Pleasantville

Leeds Avenue School, Pleasantville
North Main Street School, Pleasantville

South Main Street School, Pleasantville

Washington Avenue School, Pleasantville

Burlington County

Captain James Lawrence Elementary School, Burlington

Camden County

Forest Hill School, Camden

McGraw Elementary School, Camden

Sharp Elementary, Camden

Sumner Elementary, Camden

Veterans Memorial School, Camden

Holy Name School, Camden

LEAP Academy University Charter School, Camden

Stem Elementary School, Camden

Burling Elementary School, Pennsauken

Carson Elementary School, Pennsauken

Cape May

Glenwood Avenue Elementary School, Wildwood

Glenwood Avenue Annex School, Wildwood

Woodbine Elementary School, Woodbine

Cumberland County

Broad Street School, Bridgeton

Buckshutem Road School, Bridgeton

Cherry Street School, Bridgeton

Foster Early Childhood Center, Bridgeton

Indian Avenue School, Bridgeton

Quarter Mile Lane School, Bridgeton

West Avenue School, Bridgeton

Haleyville-Mauricetown School, Commercial Township

Silver Run Elementary School, Millville

Wood Elementary School, Millville

Dane Barse School, Vineland

Edward R. Johnston School, Vineland

Max Leuchter Elementary School, Vineland

Gloria M. Sabater Elementary School, Vineland

Essex County

Althea Gibson Early Childhood Academy, East Orange

Benjamin Banneker Academy, East Orange

Cicely L. Tyson Elementary School, East Orange

Ecole Toussaint Louverture, East Orange

Edward T. Bowser School of Excellence, East Orange

Gordon Parks Academy, East Orange

George Washington Carver Institute, East Orange

Jackson Academy, East Orange

Mildred Barry Garvin School, East Orange

Our Lady Help-Christians School, East Orange

Wahlstrom Early Child Academy, East Orange

Whitney Houston Academy of Creative and Performing Arts, East Orange

Burch Elementary School, Irvington

Florence Avenue School, Irvington

Grove Street School, Irvington

Maria Varisco Rogers Charter School, Newark

BRICK Avon Academy, Newark

Fourteenth Avenue School, Newark

Hawkins Street School, Newark

Hawthorne Avenue School, Newark

McKinley School, Newark

New Park Elementary School, Newark

Quitman Street Community School, Newark

South 17th Street School, Newark

Sussex Avenue Renew School, Newark

Newark Educators Community Charter School, Newark

Seek Academy, Newark

Spark Academy, Newark

Thrive Academy, Newark

Cleveland Street Elementary School, Orange

Orange Early Childhood Center, Orange

Park Avenue Elementary School, Orange

Rosa Parks School, Orange

Washington Elementary School, West Orange

Gloucester County

Evergreen Avenue School, Woodbury

Hudson County

East Newark Public School, East Newark

Anna L. Klein School, Guttenberg

Hamilton School, Harrison

Connor Elementary School, Hoboken

Alexander Sullivan PS #30, Jersey City

Charles DeFuccio School #39, Jersey City

Joseph Brensinger School #17, Jersey City

Julia Barnes School #12, Jersey City

PS #20, Jersey City

Whitney Young School #15, Jersey City

Colin Powell School, Union City

Jefferson School, Union City

Robert Waters School, Union City

Roosevelt School, Union City

Thomas A. Edison School, Union City

Veterans Memorial School, Union City

Washington School, Union City

Hudson Early Childhood Center, West New York

Public School #5, West New York

Mercer County

Columbus Elementary School, Trenton

Greenwood Elementary, Hamilton

Grant Elementary, Trenton

Robbins School, Trenton

Stokes School Early Learning Center, Trenton

Middlesex County

Anthony V. Ceres School, Perth Amboy

Monmouth County

Bradley Elementary, Asbury Park

Thurgood Marshall School, Asbury Park

Audrey W. Clark School, Long Branch

Lenna E. Conrow, Long Branch

Morris Avenue School, Long Branch

West End School, Long Branch

Ocean County

Bnos Melech, Lakewood

Bnos Bina Girls School, Lakewood

Bnot Yisereal, Lakewood

Cheder Toras Zev, Lakewood

Congregation Yeshiva Ohr Elchonon, Lakewood

Clifton Avenue Grade School, Lakewood

Ella G. Clarke Elementary School, Lakewood

LECC 1, 2 & 3, Lakewood

Oak Street School, Lakewood

Spruce Street School, Lakewood

Talmud Torah Zecher Yochanan, Lakewood

Passaic County

School #12, Clifton

Daniel F. Ryan School #19, Passaic

Grant School #7, Passaic

Pulaski School #8, Passaic

School #5, Passaic

Vincent Capuana #15, Passaic

Norman S. Weir School, Paterson

School #2, Paterson

School #3, Patterson

School #4, Paterson

School #8, Paterson

School #9, Paterson

School #15, Paterson

School #19, Paterson

School #28, Paterson

Community Charter School of Paterson Argus Mill, Paterson

Community Charter School of Paterson, Paterson

Community Charter School of Paterson Kindergarten, Paterson

Edward W. Kilpatrick, Paterson

Madison K Center, Paterson

Paterson A&S Elementary, Paterson

Paterson Charter School for Science and Technology, Paterson

Prospect Park School, Prospect Park

Salem County

Paul W. Carlton Elementary, Penns Grove

John Fenwick School, Salem City

Union County

Elmora #12, Elizabeth 

Donald Stewart ECC #51, Elizabeth

Dr. Albert Einstein Academy, Elizabeth

George Washington School #1, Elizabeth

Iprep Academy #8, Elizabeth

Juan Pablo Duarte School #28, Elizabeth

Nicholas Butler Anne

Nicholas La Corte School #3, Elizabeth

Nicholas Murray Butler School, Elizabeth

Robert Morris #18, Elizabeth

Winfield Scott School #2, Elizabeth

Clinton k-5 Center, Plainfield

Evergreen, Plainfield

Jefferson Elementary School, Plainfield

Woodland Elementary School, Plainfield

Harrison Elementary School, Roselle